Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British An ill-bred, unscrupulous man; a cad.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something that bounds or jumps.
  • n. A dishonourable man; a cad.
  • n. A social climber.
  • n. That which limits; a boundary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who limits; one who establishes or imposes bounds.
  • n. Boundary.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A dos-à-dos dog-cart brought out in England in 1843.
  • n. A four-wheeled cab.
  • n. A vulgar, ill-mannered swell; a loud, boisterous person.

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

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

Etymologies

From bound +‎ -er. (Wiktionary)

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.

    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

  • 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

  • _ By the way, did you notice that there was a "bounder" who was reversing?

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 103, July 30, 1892

  • She and Nick had spent the greater part of their few weeks together under Ellie Vanderlyn's roof; but to Ellie, obviously, the fact meant no more than her own escapade, at the same moment, with young Davenant's supplanter -- the "bounder" whom Strefford had never named.

    The Glimpses of the Moon

  • M. Baron the younger is amusing as the 'bounder' Olivier.

    Slang.

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