bounder

[boun-der]
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Origin of bounder

First recorded in 1535–45; bound2 + -er1
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Related Words for bounder

lout, cad

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British Dictionary definitions for bounder

bounder

noun
  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
n.

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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