[ boun-tuh-fuhl ]
/ ˈbaʊn tə fəl /
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liberal in bestowing gifts, favors, or bounties; munificent; generous.
abundant; ample: a bountiful supply.
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Origin of bountiful

First recorded in 1500–10; bounty + -ful

synonym study for bountiful

1. See generous. 2. See plentiful.


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[ boun-tuh-fuhl ]
/ ˈbaʊn tə fəl /

a city in N Utah, near Salt Lake City.
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What does bountiful mean?

Bountiful describes something abundant or plentiful. For example, if you have so many pens that you think you’ll never run out of them, you could say you have a bountiful supply of pens.

Bountiful also means generous, especially in giving gifts or favors. For example, you could say that a new job is bountiful because it pays a lot of money or has a lot of benefits, like its own coffee bar with a barista, hammocks, and a skateboard park.

Example: The city had a bountiful supply of interesting museums to visit.

Where does bountiful come from?

The first records of the term bountiful come from the early 1500s. It combines the word bounty, meaning “a generous gift,” and the suffix -ful, meaning “full of” or “characterized by.” Something that is bountiful provides goods and is often considered good.

Bountiful is also the name of a city in Northern Utah, near Salt Lake City. It was originally called Sessions’ Settlement and was the second Mormon settlement in the state. The area was later renamed Bountiful, after a city described in the Book of Mormon.

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What are some other forms related to bountiful?

  • bountifully (adverb)
  • bountifulness (noun)
  • unbountiful (adjective)
  • unbountifully (adverb)
  • unbountifulness (noun)

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How is bountiful used in real life?

Bountiful is most often used to describe an abundance of something.


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Is bountiful used correctly in the following sentence?

The farm had a bountiful harvest of corn this year, with hardly any corn to gather.

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British Dictionary definitions for bountiful

/ (ˈbaʊntɪfʊl) /

plentiful; ample (esp in the phrase a bountiful supply)
giving freely; generous

Derived forms of bountiful

bountifully, adverbbountifulness, noun
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