[boun-tuh-fuh l]


liberal in bestowing gifts, favors, or bounties; munificent; generous.
abundant; ample: a bountiful supply.

Origin of bountiful

First recorded in 1500–10; bounty + -ful
Related formsboun·ti·ful·ly, adverbboun·ti·ful·ness, nounun·boun·ti·ful, adjectiveun·boun·ti·ful·ly, adverbun·boun·ti·ful·ness, noun

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1. See generous. 2. See plentiful.


[boun-tuh-fuh l]


a city in N Utah, near Salt Lake City. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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plentiful; ample (esp in the phrase a bountiful supply)
giving freely; generous
Derived Formsbountifully, adverbbountifulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bountiful

late 15c., from bounty + -ful. Related: Bountifully.

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