Definition of bounder in English:



dated, informal
  • A dishonourable man.

    ‘he is nothing but a fortune-seeking bounder’
    • ‘My friends think he is something of a bounder but he says it is totally out of character for him to behave in this way.’
    • ‘But Bennett was, of course, despised by the intelligentsia because the bounder made money from literature.’
    • ‘It was once de rigueur for rakes and bounders to attach titles to their names; they would become mysterious barons and outcast counts.’
    • ‘The bounders promise to unmask my alter-ego, that most dandy of highwaymen, Dick Turpin, in a new show in York next week.’
    • ‘Each is a sealed-off snow-globe environment with its own never - ending story played out by grandmothers, married couples, young folk, rogues, gossips, cads, bounders and tarts.’
    • ‘Clearly I am a bounder, possibly a drink-soaked one.’
    • ‘It's often been hinted that he was something of a bounder.’
    • ‘Vain of his looks - there is an almost naive touch of the bounder in the sleek face and over-large smile - he has always sought glamour and popularity, attributes more of the stage than the boardroom.’
    • ‘‘He is the biggest bounder on the face of the earth,’ says the Mirror, which awards him five rodent symbols.’
    • ‘The charming Tim is a lying bounder and desperate for money to feed his fantasy life as a successful high flyer.’
    • ‘Many see the casting as ironic because Wickham is something of a bounder who eventually elopes with one of the Bennett girls.’
    • ‘This is necessary because fiddling the regimental books is clearly the action of a bounder and a cad, and shows an unheroic concern for money.’
    • ‘He was a cad and a bounder, but not without charm.’
    • ‘It's a measure of population growth, which (unless he's more of a bounder than we know) he is not responsible for.’
    • ‘The verve of the author's performance can make it hard to see the whole picture clearly; in reading it I felt almost as if I were being charmed by a bounder; but is he a bounder?’
    • ‘For example, I think stable means unchanging or changing slowly, and decent means not a cad or a bounder.’
    • ‘You're a cad and a bounder Sir and I demand satisfaction.’
    • ‘Brought up to believe her dad is an abandoned bounder, Pam is surprised to discover Paul is a bit of a charmer.’
    • ‘Wilde's bounders were young men in their twenties.’
    • ‘Baseball history bulges with hundreds of other bounders, knaves, and lunatics who were not anywhere near as talented.’
    criminal, lawbreaker, outlaw, offender, felon, convict, jailbird, malefactor, wrongdoer, black hat, supervillain
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