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[boun-tee-uh s] /ˈbaʊn ti əs/
giving or disposed to give freely; generous; liberal.
freely bestowed; plentiful; abundant.
late Middle English
1325-75; late Middle English (bounte bounty + -ous); replacing Middle English bountevous < Middle French bontive (bonte bounty + -ive, feminine of -if -ive) + -ous
Related forms
bounteously, adverb
bounteousness, noun
overbounteous, adjective
overbounteously, adverb
overbounteousness, noun
unbounteous, adjective
unbounteously, adverb
unbounteousness, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bounteous


adjective (literary)
giving freely; generous: the bounteous goodness of God
plentiful; abundant
Derived Forms
bounteously, adverb
bounteousness, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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