[boun-duh n]


obligatory; compulsory: one's bounden duty.
Archaic. under obligation; obliged.

Origin of bounden

1250–1300; Middle English, variant of bound1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bounden

Historical Examples of bounden

  • Ay, and that it's my bounden duty to wait for him to any hour he pleases.

  • "And we is only a-doing our bounden dooties," said one of the bailiffs.

    Framley Parsonage

    Anthony Trollope

  • If she would not listen to the appeal, at least he would have done his bounden duty.


    George Barr McCutcheon

  • We then felt it to be our bounden duty to ask her to withdraw from the club.

    Betty Vivian

    L. T. Meade

  • It certainly is our bounden duty to keep him away from Aunt Sophia.

British Dictionary definitions for bounden



morally obligatory (archaic except in the phrase bounden duty)
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