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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old French boce (modern bosse), of uncertain origin.

Noun

Singular
boss

Plural
es

boss (es)
  1. A swelling, lump or protuberance in an animal, person or object.
  2. (geology) A lump-like mass of rock, especially one projecting through a strata of different rock.
  3. A convex protuberance in hammered work, especially the rounded projection in the centre of a shield.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A protrusion, frequently a cylinder of material that extends beyond a hole.
  5. (architecture) A knob or projection, usually at the intersection of ribs in a vault.
Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to boss

Third person singular
boss

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to boss (third-person singular simple present boss, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To decorate with bosses; to emboss.

Etymology 2

Apparently a corruption of bass.

Noun

Singular
boss

Plural
es

boss (es)
  1. (obsolete) A hassock or small seat, especially made from a bundle of straw.
    • 1916, James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Macmillan Press Ltd, paperback, 36:
      All were waiting : uncle Charles, who sat far away in the shadow of the window, Dante and Mr Casey, who sat in the easy chairs at either side of the hearth, Stephen, seated on a chair between them, his feet resting on a toasting boss.
Synonyms

Etymology 3

From Dutch baas, a term of respect originally used to address an older relative. Later, in New Amsterdam, it began to mean a person in charge who is not a master.

Noun

Singular
boss

Plural
es

boss (es)
  1. A person who oversees and directs the work of others; a supervisor.
  2. A person in charge of a business or company.
    Chat turned to whisper when the boss entered the conference room.
    My boss complains that I'm always late to work.
  3. A leader, the head of an organized group or team.
    • They named him boss because he had good leadership skills.
  4. The head of a political party in a given region or district.
    He is the Republican boss in Kentucky.
  5. (informal) A term of address to a man.
    Yes, boss.
  6. (video game) A final enemy in a video game that is particularly challenging and must be beaten in order to progress onto another dungeon/level, or complete the game.
Synonyms
Derived terms
Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to boss

Third person singular
boss

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to boss (third-person singular simple present boss, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To exercise authoritative control over; to lord over; to boss around; to tell (someone) what to do, often repeatedly.
    You aren't my father. You can't boss me around!
Derived terms
Translations

Adjective

boss (not comparable)

Positive
boss

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. (slang) Of excellent quality, first-rate.

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