[boun-tee-uh s]


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

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
Related formsboun·te·ous·ly, adverbboun·te·ous·ness, nouno·ver·boun·te·ous, adjectiveo·ver·boun·te·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·boun·te·ous·ness, nounun·boun·te·ous, adjectiveun·boun·te·ous·ly, adverbun·boun·te·ous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective literary

giving freely; generousthe bounteous goodness of God
plentiful; abundant
Derived Formsbounteously, adverbbounteousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bounteous

late 14c., from bounty + -ous; originally "full of goodness," but always shading toward "generous in bestowing," a sense which logically might have been left to bountiful. Related: Bounteously; bounteousness.

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