[ boun-tee-uh s ]
/ ˈbaʊn ti əs /


giving or disposed to give freely; generous; liberal.
freely bestowed; plentiful; abundant.


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Origin of bounteous

1325–75; late Middle English (bounte bounty + -ous); replacing Middle English bountevous < Middle French bontive (bonte bounty + -ive, feminine of -if -ive) + -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for bounteous

/ (ˈbaʊntɪəs) /

adjective literary

giving freely; generousthe bounteous goodness of God
plentiful; abundant

Derived forms of bounteous

bounteously, adverbbounteousness, noun
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