American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Given to ordering others around; domineering.
- adj. Decorated with raised ornaments.
- n. Informal A cow or calf.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Furnished or ornamented with a boss or bosses.
- Projecting in the round; boldly prominent, as if composed of bosses: said of sculpture, etc.
- Acting like a boss; masterful; domineering.
- n. A familiar name for a cow or calf. See boss .
- n. US, informal, dated A cow or calf.
- adj. tending to give orders to others, especially when unwarranted; domineering
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Ornamented with bosses; studded.
- n. United States A cow or calf; -- familiarly so called.
- adj. offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power
- Diminutive of English dialect boss in boss-calf, buss-calf, for boose-calf, properly, a calf kept in the stall. See boose. (Wiktionary)
- From boss3. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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