In video gaming, a boss is an enemy-based challenge . A fight with a boss character is commonly referred to as a boss battle or boss fight. Boss battles are generally seen at the climax of a particular section of the game, usually at the end of a stage or level, or guarding a specific objective, and the boss enemy is generally far stronger than the opponents the player has faced up to that point. The boss enemy is often larger in size than other enemies and the player character.

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  1. A swelling, lump or protuberance in an animal, person or object.
  2. 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. A protrusion, frequently a cylinder of material that extends beyond a hole.
  5. A knob or projection, usually at the intersection of ribs in a vault.
  6. the target block, made of foam but historically made of hay bales, to which a target face is attached.
  7. 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.
  8. A head or reservoir of water.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A hassock or small seat, especially made from a bundle of straw.

Noun (etymology 3)

  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. A term of address to a man.
    Yes, boss.
  6. An enemy, often at the end of a level, that is particularly challenging and must be beaten in order to progress in, or complete, the game.
  7. Wife.
    There's no olive oil, will sunflower oil do? — I'll have to run that by the boss.


  1. To decorate with bosses; to emboss.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To exercise authoritative control over; to lord over; to boss around; to tell (someone) what to do, often repeatedly.


  1. Of excellent quality, first-rate.

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