boss

A boss is an authority figure, often the person who tells you what to do at work. If you work as a waiter, your boss might be the restaurant manager.

A boss at a job might hire you, give you feedback on your work, or tell you what your responsibilities are. If someone is in charge of a group, you could describe that person as a boss as well: "She's the boss of the French club — she tells everyone what to do." To boss someone is to do just this, order them around. Boss comes from a Dutch root, baas, "master."

Primary Meanings of boss

1.
n
a person who exercises control and makes decisions
2.
nv
a circular rounded projection or protuberance
raise in a relief
3.
adj
exceptionally good
Full Definitions of boss
1

n a person who exercises control and makes decisions

“he is his own boss now”
Types:
drug baron, drug lord
a person who controls an organization dealing in illegal drugs
Type of:
leader
a person who rules or guides or inspires others

n a person responsible for hiring workers

“the boss hired three more men for the new job”
Synonyms:
hirer
Types:
guvnor
(British slang) boss
old man
(slang) boss
Type of:
employer
a person or firm that employs workers

n a person who exercises control over workers

Synonyms:
chief, foreman, gaffer, honcho
Types:
baas
South African term for `boss'
ganger
the foreman of a work gang
assistant foreman, straw boss
a member of a work gang who supervises the other workers
Type of:
supervisor
one who supervises or has charge and direction of

n a leader in a political party who controls votes and dictates appointments

“party bosses have a reputation for corruption”
Synonyms:
party boss, political boss
Type of:
pol, political leader, politician, politico
a person active in party politics
2

n a circular rounded projection or protuberance

Synonyms:
knob
Types:
knobble
a small knob
nailhead
flattened boss on the end of nail opposite to the point
Type of:
projection
any structure that branches out from a central support

v raise in a relief

Synonyms:
emboss, stamp
Types:
block
stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block
Type of:
impress, imprint
mark or stamp with or as if with pressure
3

adj exceptionally good

“a boss hand at carpentry”
Synonyms:
brag
superior
of high or superior quality or performance