Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being bossy or in relief: applied especially to sculpture and ornament: as, “a pleasant bossiness,” Ruskin, Aratra Pentelici, i. § 21.
- n. the characteristic of being bossy
- bossy + -ness (Wiktionary)
“You will choose the word and you get to translate Monday's French story (she says, putting up her feet and feeling the first tingling sensation of freedom -- or just plain bossiness!).”
“I've sat through unpleasant parent-teacher conferences where her bossiness was the only topic covered.”
“bossiness" of effect, so much approved by Ruskin, they are very uneven.”
“I dare say Vicki is my favorite Housewife, despite her ogre-like bossiness and constant smothering.”
“My first grown-up crush, I think, was on a girl at art college – a crush spoilt when she became my best friend 10 years and counting and I was introduced to all her levels of bossiness, filed as though guest towels, some saved for "best".”
“Patty's mother told her to be patient, that Teresa's bossiness was part of her "sickness", so Patty smiled and did and redid all the tasks Teresa demanded of her.”
“Should be apparent from his stunning takedown of the “uninformed bossiness” of Strunk and White in the Chronicle of Higher Education.”
“The premise is ludicrous enough that it may not occur in real life, but the blistering cold and general bossiness the baby had to face are relatable to the reader.”
“Perhaps more than anything, I miss that constant, daily "take good care of yourself, you belong to me" bossiness that only mothers have.”
“Playing the daughter was the only role I was allowed after I had been banished for bossiness and had to beg my way back into their circle.”
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