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[boun-der] /ˈbaʊn dər/
an obtrusive, ill-bred man.
a person or thing that bounds.
Origin of bounder
First recorded in 1535-45; bound2 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You know, I think it high time the bounder is taken down a peg.

    Into the Primitive Robert Ames Bennet
  • And we all know how repulsive a "bounder" is in any circle of society.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife Corra Harris
  • "Chum, you bounder," I shout, as he is about to wade through the herbaceous border.

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
  • Not a blessed wagon or a thing to carry my luggage did the bounder have.

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

    The Golden Shoemaker J. W. Keyworth
  • But such was his disguise that bounder was necessitated to rub his eyes.

    The Golden Shoemaker J. W. Keyworth
  • How I was to find the bounder, and how we were to live while we were looking for him, was left to me.

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

    The Golden Shoemaker J. W. Keyworth
  • He had ruined everything, deceived everybody—even himself for a time—played the cad and the bounder with consummate address.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Matthews had forgotten, too, what an imposing individual the bounder really was.

British Dictionary definitions for bounder


(old-fashioned, Brit, slang) a morally reprehensible person; cad
a person or animal that bounds
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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