Learn English – What do you call a person who incessantly thinks only they are good enough to do something


What is the best word or way to describe a person who just has to try and do everything themselves because they think, either rightly or wrongly, that only they are good enough to do the task in hand?

The type of person I'm thinking of will attempt to take over any situation. So if you're having a BBQ only they are good enough to cook the food or if you're planning a day out then they decide only they are good enough to drive you there.

Best Answer

Friends may half-jokingly call that person the little dictator/tyrant. This is slang but good.

However I think the best word for your details is imperious.

assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering

Some other words to describe this person would be:

  • overbearing... unpleasantly or arrogantly domineering
  • to be "nice" you can say assertive... having or showing a confident and forceful personality
  • usually used for a woman (by other women) would be haughty... arrogantly superior and disdainful.
  • and the common man's term would be simply pushy... excessively or unpleasantly self-assertive or ambitious.