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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bossy offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power "an autocratic person","autocratic behavior","a bossy way of ordering others around","a rather aggressive and dominating character","managed the employees in an aloof magisterial way","a swaggering peremptory manner"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bossy A cow or calf; -- familiarly so called.
    • a Bossy Ornamented with bosses; studded.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bossy Furnished or ornamented with a boss or bosses.
    • bossy Projecting in the round; boldly prominent, as if composed of bosses: said of sculpture, etc.
    • bossy Acting like a boss; masterful; domineering.
    • n bossy A familiar name for a cow or calf. See boss .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Bossy having bosses
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dim. fr. Prov. E. boss, in boss-calf, buss-calf, for boose-calf, prop., a calf kept in the stall. See 1st Boose
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. boce (Fr. bosse), from Old Ger. bôzan, to beat.


In literature:

There now, Bossy, don't act so drove.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
Finding he could not suck, bossy would at last wander away from his dam, and so become a 'maverick.
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
The old man, "So-bossied," and vented all the soothing cattle talk he could command while he looked on in embarrassed confusion.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
They had overseers who was sometimes bossy but they wouldn't allow dem to whip me.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
They would be up sides with Gavie yet, for all his high-handed, bossy ways!
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
BOSSI, on breeding dark-coloured silkworms, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Everybody seemed so cocksure and so bossy.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Cow ("Bossy") Puzzle, 312, 360.
"Harper's Young People, 1880 Index" by Various
You bossy-man, Big Jim.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
E. Bossi's "Paradise Lost" given by the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
I'm not going to have her get bossy with these children, either.
"Cloudy Jewel" by Grace Livingston Hill
I think what you men really like is a bossy woman.
"Outside Inn" by Ethel M. Kelley
All the rest of the ornamentation is "bossy sculpture," set on the broad marble surface.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of 3)," by John Ruskin
Here, bossy, you can take the range of the island.
"A Daughter of the Forest" by Evelyn Raymond
He spoke very bossy and cross to me, and hit my jug a welt with his sword.
"Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)" by John McElroy
I drew my revolver, sneaked up and fired at poor bossy.
"Adventures and Reminiscences of a Volunteer" by George T. Ulmer
Heard a few peals of thunder from the upper Sierra, and saw firm white bossy cumuli rising back of the pines.
"My First Summer in the Sierra" by John Muir
That's why I'm not at some round-up; all my bossies right at home.
"Stepsons of Light" by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
Bossi made another copy in oil, which was placed in the museum of Brera.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
She wasn't pretty and flirtatious, but middle-aged and "bossy," really to my mind more objectionable than the Blaines'.
"The Letters of her Mother to Elizabeth" by Elinor Glyn

In poetry:

"Ye see yon blue thing they ca' the lift?
It's but hell turnt upside doun,
A whummilt bossie, whiles fou o' drift,
And whiles o' a rumlin soun!
"The Deil's Forhooit His Ain" by George MacDonald
And oh the rapture, when, one furrow done,
They marched broad-breasted to the sinking sun!
The light flowed off their bossy sides in flakes;
The furrows rolled behind like struggling snakes.
"Horses" by Edwin Muir

In news:

Is adopting a belief in blood-type branding any more erroneous than deciding someone is conscientious, reticent, bossy or self-centered based on his or her sibling status.
Bossy Republicans won't get my vote.
Should I tell my bossy wife to butt out of her father's life.
This full and fascinating biography of the poet Hilda Doolittle—her early and bossy boyfriend, Ezra Pound, on his own turned her into "H. D."—reads as if the poet and her "world" excite Barbara Guest more than the poetry itself does.
Find out if you are a bossy boss--and, if so, what you can do about it.
Bossi, in her Oct 23 letter, states that within PruCare's network of doctors and pharmacies, many are situated within local neighborhoods.
Bossi said she removed the prosthetic from her bra.
The US Chamber of Commerce has filed briefs in support of Wal-Mart, Citizens United, led by David Bossie, and AT&T Mobility in cases heard before the Roberts court.
Long Tail Gets Bossy and Squishy .
She has a touch of bossiness.
Missy Bossie, 37, of Charleston, took her coonhound, Mona Lisa, out for a run along Tennis Club Road Tuesday.
She was pushy, bossy, whiny and seemed generally unpleasant to her staffers during much of the first and second episode.
Bossy sis must be handled with care.
Bossy doctor on Is Modern Medicine Killing You.
I know I state things strongly and can be perceived as bossy, and in my heart I truly want to express love and encourage others.

In science:

O. Plantevin, B. Fåk, H. R. Glyde, N. Mulders, J. Bossy, G. Coddens, and H. Schober, Phys. Rev. B 63, 224508 (2001); F.
Collective excitations in liquid D2 confined within the mesoscopic pores of a MCM-41 molecular sieve
Daughton, N. Mulders, J. Bossy, and H. Schober, ibid. 69, 014514 (2004); C. R. Anderson, K. H. Andersen, W. G.
Collective excitations in liquid D2 confined within the mesoscopic pores of a MCM-41 molecular sieve
Bossi, A., Gabbrielli, M., Levi, G., and Martelli, M. 1994.
A Simple Correctness Proof for Magic Transformation
Bossis, Stokesian dynamics, Annual review of fluid mechanics.
Stochastic Eulerian Lagrangian Methods for Fluid-Structure Interactions with Thermal Fluctuations
Weak convergence results generally found in the literature (such as in Bossy and Diop (2007) or Alfonsi (2005)) are of this latter type, i.e., they pertain to the processes sampled at a fixed instant T > 0.
A simple discretization scheme for nonnegative diffusion processes, with applications to option pricing
Note that many papers deal with the CIR process in isolation; see, e.g., Alfonsi (2005), Berkaoui et al. (2008), and Bossy and Diop (2007).
A simple discretization scheme for nonnegative diffusion processes, with applications to option pricing
Berkaoui, A., Bossy, M., and Diop, A. (2008).
A simple discretization scheme for nonnegative diffusion processes, with applications to option pricing
Many thanks to Fran¸cois Bossi`ere, Jan Foniok, Andr´as Pongr´acz, and Miodrag Soki´c for their valuable comments on earlier versions of this text.
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