bossboss1 /bɒs $ bɒːs/ ●●●S2W3 noun [countable]1BEBOthe person who employs you or who is in charge of you at work → employer, manager, supervisorI’ll have to ask my boss for a day off.Since I’m my own boss (=I work for myself, rather than for an employer), my hours are flexible.2informalBB someone with an importantposition in a company or other organizationthe new boss at Paramount Picturesunion bosses3CONTROLthe person who is the strongest in a relationship, who controls a situation etcWhen you first start training a dog, it’s important to let him see that you’re the boss.You’ve got to show the kids who’s boss.4AVTBa rounddecoration on the surface of something, for example on the ceiling of an old buildingTHESAURUSboss the person who is in charge of you at work. Bosssounds rather informal. The usualword to use in more formal English is managerDoes your boss know you're looking for another job?manager the person in charge of a business such as a shop, a bank, or a hotel, or of a part of a businessI'd like to speak to the hotel manager.the sales managerthe manager of an Italian restauranthead the person who is in charge of an organization or a department within that organizationthe head of the CIAMy wife's head of the French department at the university.He was the former head of the American Cancer Society.chief the most important person or one of the most important people in an organization such as the police, the fire department, or the armythe chief of policepolice/army/fire chiefsHealth chiefs have secured cash to build two new hospitals.president especially American English the person who is in charge of a large company or a department within a companythe president of CBS newsAngry shareholders called for the resignation of the company president.managing director British English the person who is in charge of the dailymanagement of a company or organizationHe's the managing director of a small printing firm.chief executive (also chief executive officer, CEO) the person who is in charge of the daily management of a companythe CEO of General MotorsUniversal Studios is looking for a new chief executive.supervisor someone who is in charge of a group of workers, whose job is to make sure that the workers do what the manager wantsHe was employed as a warehouse supervisor.line manager the manager who is directly in charge of you in a companyIf you want to take a holiday, first ask your line manager.report to somebody if you report to someone in a company, that person is directly in charge of youJan is based in Birmingham and reports to the Head of Marketing.
boss• The idea of bossing anybody around was as alien to him as it was distasteful in his mind.• Also it was about time he learnt that bossing her around wouldn't be a push-over for him.• Stopbossing me around!• I am teamed-up on a long-termassignment with some one who keeps trying to boss me around.• I iced him so bad when he bossed me, he might never be back.• I don't know why you think you have the right to boss us around.bossboss3 adjective informalFASHIONABLEvery good, attractive, or fashionablea boss car
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boss• That's a really bosssurfboard.From King Business Dictionarybossboss /bɒsbɒːs/ noun [countable] informal1the person who employs you or who is in charge of you at workI’ll have to ask my boss for a day off.2a manager with an important position in an organizationWhat they need to do is lobby strongly for more women bosses.Prison bosses launched an investigation into major security lapses.Boss is an informal word for a manager (=someone whose job is to be in charge of all or part of a company or a particular activity). A supervisor is someone who is in charge of a group of workers or a particular area of work, especially workers in low-ranking jobs. A foreman/forewoman is a worker who is in charge of a group of workers in a factory or on a building site. The Chief Executive Officer/CEO (also Managing Director/MD British English) is the most senior manager in a company, and has the most authority. The job of Chief Executive Officer can also be combined with the job of president American English/chairman of the board British English, whose role involves leading the company and making the final decisions on its business policy. The senior management are the most important group of managers in a company. Below them are the middle management and then the junior management.3be your own boss to work for yourself rather than being employed by someone elseHe’s looking forward to the day when he will be his own boss.Originboss11. (1800-1900)Dutchbaas“man in charge”2. (1300-1400)Old Frenchboce, from Vulgar Latinbottia