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."

Definitions of boss
  1. noun
    a person who exercises control and makes decisions
    “he is his own boss now”
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    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
  2. noun
    a person responsible for hiring workers
    “the boss hired three more men for the new job”
    synonyms: hirer
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    guvnor
    (British slang) boss
    old man
    (slang) boss
    type of:
    employer
    a person or firm that employs workers
  3. noun
    a person who exercises control over workers
    synonyms: chief, foreman, gaffer, honcho
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    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
  4. noun
    a leader in a political party who controls votes and dictates appointments
    “party bosses have a reputation for corruption”
    synonyms: party boss, political boss
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    type of:
    pol, political leader, politician, politico
    a person active in party politics
  5. noun
    a circular rounded projection or protuberance
    synonyms: knob
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    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
  6. verb
    raise in a relief
    synonyms: emboss, stamp
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    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
  7. adjective
    exceptionally good
    “a boss hand at carpentry”
    synonyms: brag
    superior
    of high or superior quality or performance
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