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  1. an obtrusive, ill-bred man.
  2. a person or thing that bounds.

Origin of bounder

First recorded in 1535–45; bound2 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for bounder

Historical Examples

  • Not a blessed wagon or a thing to carry my luggage did the bounder have.

    The Spoilers of the Valley

    Robert Watson

  • He was a bounder always, but I thought he was an honest bounder.'

  • But such was his disguise that Bounder was necessitated to rub his eyes.

    The Golden Shoemaker

    J. W. Keyworth

  • But, you must know, Bounder, that I have no fault to find with you.

    The Golden Shoemaker

    J. W. Keyworth

  • In matters of etiquette, within his province, Bounder was precise.

    The Golden Shoemaker

    J. W. Keyworth

British Dictionary definitions for bounder


  1. old-fashioned, British slang a morally reprehensible person; cad
  2. a person or animal that bounds
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Word Origin and History for bounder


1560s, "one who sets bounds," agent noun from bound (v.1); British English slang meaning "person of objectionable social behavior, would-be stylish person," is from 1882, perhaps from bound (v.2) on notion of one trying to "bound" into high society, but earliest usage suggests one outside the "bounds" of acceptable socializing, which would connect it with the noun.

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