(plural bossmen) (Plural form is rare. See usage notes.)
- (vocative) Someone whose name is unknown. Usually denotes that one is chary or extremely unfamiliar with the person being spoken to.
- "I don't know what to tell you, bossman..."
2. (vocative) Someone who appears stalwart and/or dauntless in both disposition and appearance. Not a term used between those who are close. Usually seen as complimentary.
1. Neither of the two senses of this term are synonymous with the colloquial meanings of terms such as "boss", "chief" and "governor."
2. Not the same as "boss man" or "the boss man", an endearing term used to refer to one's employer.
3. Because this term is a vocative, the plural is seldom used.