Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An ill-bred, unscrupulous man; a cad.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A dos-à-dos dog-cart brought out in England in 1843.
  • noun A four-wheeled cab.
  • noun A vulgar, ill-mannered swell; a loud, boisterous person.
  • noun One who limits; one who establishes or imposes bounds.
  • noun Boundary.
  • noun Formerly, in Cornwall, England, an officer whose business it was yearly to renew (hence also called the renewer or tollar) the marks indicating the corners of a tin-bound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, limits; a boundary.
  • noun One who behaves dishonorably or objectionably; a cad.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Something that bounds or jumps.
  • noun UK, dated A dishonourable man; a cad.
  • noun A social climber.
  • noun That which limits; a boundary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone who bounds or leaps (as in competition)
  • noun someone who is morally reprehensible

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From bound +‎ -er.

Examples

  • That is why I am civil to that little -- what you call bounder, his brother. "

    The Avenger

  • I cried out in disgust that I couldn't credit chaps like Forbes; it was too bad and didn't bear thinking about, the bounder was a disgrace to the Queen's coat and ought to be drummed out.

    THE NUMBERS

  • I cried out in disgust that I couldn't credit chaps like Forbes; it was too bad and didn't bear thinking about, the bounder was a disgrace to the Queen's coat and ought to be drummed out.

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • I cried out in disgust that I couldn't credit chaps like Forbes; it was too bad and didn't bear thinking about, the bounder was a disgrace to the Queen's coat and ought to be drummed out.

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • The fellow is what you'd call a bounder? 'he exclaimed suddenly.

    Lady Bridget in the Never-Never Land

  • Well, "closing one eye and looking out of the window calculatingly," a bounder is a fellow who keeps up an acquaintance with you by persistently dunning you for money that you've owed to him for four or five years.

    The Man from Brodney's

  • "bounder" -- I shall search the dictionary for some long word like

    If I May

  • I may snort at the plots that seem to tie up neatly with the convenient death of the bounder who is making the heroine unhappy or, conversely, with the heroine's selfless realization that the bounder is her burden to bear and that her happiness will come, masochistically, from cooking that same burden hot dinners but I really read them for her wonderful descriptions of the clothes and food of California society from the turn of the last century to the 1940s.

    Certain People of Importance - A Dress A Day

  • I may snort at the plots that seem to tie up neatly with the convenient death of the bounder who is making the heroine unhappy or, conversely, with the heroine's selfless realization that the bounder is her burden to bear and that her happiness will come, masochistically, from cooking that same burden hot dinners but I really read them for her wonderful descriptions of the clothes and food of California society from the turn of the last century to the 1940s.

    December 2007

  • The stranger was quite well dressed, nothing about his garments offended the eye or outraged good taste, yet, all the same, the man had "bounder" written all over him in large letters.

    The Mystery of the Four Fingers

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