boun·​te·​ous | \ ˈbau̇n-tē-əs How to pronounce bounteous (audio) \

Definition of bounteous

1 : giving or disposed to give freely
2 : liberally bestowed

Other Words from bounteous

bounteously adverb
bounteousness noun

Examples of bounteous in a Sentence

Together we give thanks for this bounteous harvest. offered a bounteous reward for finding the lost ring
Recent Examples on the Web Her bounteous cascade of salt-and-pepper curls — along with her grand proclamations about goddess energy and female power — projects a confidence that the flaky, bad-news-averse Paula doesn’t actually possess. Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2021 For nearly three decades, residents in Normal Heights and surrounding neighborhoods have planted and toiled in a once vacant lot, turning it into a thriving community garden bounteous in fruit, flowers, vegetables, and community kinship. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 June 2021 Two hundred thousand people and counting are gone, and millions of others have lost the income that funds bounteous celebrations. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2020 By moving vast quantities of water and suppressing wildfires for decades, the state has transformed its arid and mountainous landscape into the richest, most populous and bounteous place in the nation. Christopher Flavelle, New York Times, 20 Sep. 2020 Once-bounteous display ads from local merchants — the kind from pizza joints and car dealers — began drifting away to the Google-Facebook duopoly a decade or so ago. Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2020 Hunter’s overflowing and constantly shifting expressiveness lends itself perfectly to the bounteous Timon of the opening scenes. Geoffrey O’brien, The New York Review of Books, 29 Jan. 2020 The accommodations are ski-in, ski-out in winter, when the annual snowfall is more bounteous, the website boasts, than at any other resort in the Lower 48. 400 E. Snow King Ave., Jackson, Wyo. Erika Mailman, Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2019 On one hand, all that bounty, all that clean bright produce, the bounteous shelves. James Lileks, National Review, 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bounteous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bounteous

Middle English bountevous, bounteuous, from Anglo-French bontive kind, from bunté

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English Language Learners Definition of bounteous

: giving or providing many desired things : bountiful


boun·​te·​ous | \ ˈbau̇n-tē-əs How to pronounce bounteous (audio) \

Kids Definition of bounteous

1 : generous sense 1 a bounteous host
2 : given in plenty : abundant a bounteous harvest

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