Definitions of boss

  1. To master; manage; dominate.
  2. To ornament with bosses; to stud.
  3. To decorate with ornamental nails, knobs, or studs.
  4. To hold mastery over; to direct; to manage.
  5. To ornament with bosses.
  6. To work in relief; emboss.
  7. To be master.
  8. raise in a relief; " embossed stationary"
  9. a person who exercises control and makes decisions; " he is his own boss now"
  10. a person who exercises control over workers; " if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"
  11. exceptionally good; " a boss hand at carpentry"; " his brag cornfield"
  12. Any protuberant part; a round, swelling part or body; a knoblike process; as, a boss of wood.
  13. A protuberant ornament on any work, either of different material from that of the work or of the same, as upon a buckler or bridle; a stud; a knob; the central projection of a shield. See Umbilicus.
  14. A projecting ornament placed at the intersection of the ribs of ceilings, whether vaulted or flat, and in other situations.
  15. A wooden vessel for the mortar used in tiling or masonry, hung by a hook from the laths, or from the rounds of a ladder.
  16. The enlarged part of a shaft, on which a wheel is keyed, or at the end, where it is coupled to another.
  17. A swage or die used for shaping metals.
  18. A head or reservoir of water.
  19. A master workman or superintendent; a director or manager; a political dictator.
  20. An ornament of silver, ivory, or other material, which stands out on a flat surface; as, the boss ornamenting a shield; a knob; a raised ornament on a ceiling.
  21. A master- workman; a manager; a superintendent; colloquially, a political dictator.
  22. A knob or stud: a raised or nament.
  23. A master, an employer of labor, a politician who holds control of large patronage and uses his influence for selfish and partisan purposes. Also a name for the buffalo among Western huntsmen. ( Amer.).
  24. A knob; stud; protuberance.
  25. A circular prominence; a knob; stud.
  26. A superintendent or employer; manager; foreman.
  27. A dictator of a political party.
  28. A protuberant part; a stud or knob; a raised ornament.
  29. A master mechanic; a foreman or superintendent.
  30. Something raised from the surface; a protuberance; a stud or knob; in geol., a rounded mass of rock that has resisted denudation, or a sudden protrusion of trap or other igneous rock; a short trough for holding mortar when tiling a roof.
  31. ( of persons) highest in rank or authority or office; " his arch rival"; " the boss man"; " the chief executive"; " head librarian"; " top administrators"
  32. Bossy.