adjective Etymology: Middle English bountevous, bounteuous, from Anglo-French bontive kind, from bunté Date: 14th century 1. giving or disposed to give freely 2. liberally bestowed • bounteously adverbbounteousness noun

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  • Bounteous — Boun te*ous, a. [OE. bountevous, fr. bounte bounty.] Liberal in charity; disposed to give freely; generously liberal; munificent; beneficent; free in bestowing gifts; as, bounteous production. [1913 Webster] But O, thou bounteous Giver of all… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bounteous — index benevolent, charitable (benevolent), humane, liberal (generous), philanthropic, profuse …   Law dictionary

  • bounteous — late 14c., from BOUNTY (Cf. bounty) + OUS (Cf. ous); originally full of goodness, but always shading toward generous in bestowing, a sense which might have been left to BOUNTIFUL (Cf. bountiful). Related: Bounteously; bounteousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • bounteous — ► ADJECTIVE archaic ▪ bountiful. DERIVATIVES bounteously adverb bounteousness noun. ORIGIN from Old French bontif benevolent , from bonte «bounty, goodness» …   English terms dictionary

  • bounteous — [boun′tē əs] adj. [ME bountevous < OFr bontive: see BOUNTY; modern sp. as if < BOUNTY] 1. giving freely and generously, without restraint 2. provided in abundance; plentiful bounteously adv. bounteousness n …   English World dictionary

  • bounteous — bountiful, bounteous generous, openhanded, munificent, *liberal, handsome Analogous words: *charitable, philanthropic, benevolent: prodigal, lavish (see PROFUSE) Antonyms: niggardly Contrasted words: *stingy, parsimonious, penurious, close,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • bounteous — adj. poet. 1 generous, liberal. 2 freely given (bounteous affection). Derivatives: bounteously adv. bounteousness n. Etymology: ME f. OF bontif f. bonteacute BOUNTY after plenteous …   Useful english dictionary

  • bounteous — bounteously, adv. bounteousness, n. /bown tee euhs/, adj. 1. giving or disposed to give freely; generous; liberal. 2. freely bestowed; plentiful; abundant. [1325 75; late ME (bounte BOUNTY + ous); r. ME bountevous < MF bontive (bonte BOUNTY + ive …   Universalium

  • bounteous — adjective a) inclined to be generous b) liberal or abundant …   Wiktionary

  • bounteous — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) see bountiful II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Characterized by abundance: abundant, ample, bountiful, copious, generous, heavy, plenitudinous, plenteous, plentiful, substantial, voluminous. See BIG, GIVE, RICH …   English dictionary for students

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