[ boun-der ]
/ ˈbaʊn dər /


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


Nearby words

  1. boundary rider,
  2. boundary value problem,
  3. bounded,
  4. boundedly,
  5. bounden,
  6. boundless,
  7. boundlessly,
  8. bounds,
  9. bounteous,
  10. bounteously

Origin of bounder

First recorded in 1535–45; bound2 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bounder


/ (ˈbaʊndə) /


old-fashioned, British slang a morally reprehensible person; cad
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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