1. (US) a severe blow [it makes one ‘bound’, i.e. leap].
|Adventures of John Wetherell (1954) 160: I gave him a bounder across the shoulders with my broom stick.|
|Westmorland Gaz. 21 Dec. 2/3: Hudson placed an uncharitable ‘bounder’ on his adversary’s left listener.|
2. a four-wheeled cab [the ‘bounding’ motion of the cab].
|Morn. Post (London) 27 Mar. 3/4: There were bounders, as well as Bermondsey neats, cabbage-carts, [...] and every utensil that two or four wheels could move with .|
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|Pall Mall Gaz. 12 Apr. 3/1: We fancy too that a cabman would object to his vehicle being described as a ‘bounder,’ a ‘drag,’ a ‘cask,’ or a ‘bird-cage’.|
|(con. mid-19C) Encyclopædia of Rural Sports 314: ‘When I see a pair of [...] horses put to what , in the language of the road, is called ‘a bounder,’ that is, a gentleman’s carriage with three in and two out’ .|
3. one who is considered socially unacceptable or ill-mannered; thus bounderish adj. [orig. university use, one who ‘bounds’ about; but note cit. 1889–90. The individual so branded may not be intrinsically ill-mannered, but has been declared so by the prevailing standards of his fellows; post-1930s use usu. ironic or historic].
|Examiner 18 Dec. 10/1: He was officially reported as having introdced the the mess ‘cads’ and ‘bounders’ [...] in proof of the position that they were ‘bounders’ it is alleged that they came into mess room in flannel boating-jackets.|
|Hants Teleg. 29 Sept. 11/6: He has an idea that to call a man a ‘bally bounder’ is quite the ducal thing.|
|Truth (Sydney) 8 Apr. 1/1: Charlie Lett [...] will probably resent John Burns’ reference to the ‘Colonial Bounders’.|
|Mord Em’ly 289: A dirty, low, sneaking, rotten bounder!|
|Boy’s Own Paper 20 Oct. 38: Anyone could see with half an eye that he was a regular bounder.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 17 Jan. 1/1: His chief is waiting anxiously for the trouble-buying bounder to again distinguish himself.|
|Marvel 5 Feb. 6: ‘Dashed cheek,’ said one of them irritably. ‘What a bounder!’.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 23 Jan. 2nd sect. 1/1: They Say [...] That a Bayswater bounder runs a risk of being punched on the point.|
|[perf. Marie Lloyd] Put On Your Slippers [lyrics] Now Bertie was a bounder - yes - and regular hot stuff too.|
|Day Book (Chicago) 10 July 19/3: The average titled bounder [...] if he told the truth, would drop on his knees and cry, ‘Darling, I love you for your pelf alone’.|
|Mufti 66: To her he was never the vain, strutting little bounder making himself ridiculous and offensive by turn.|
|New York Day by Day 18 Sept. [synd. col.] Bounderish philanderers who peregrinate [...] from dance temple to cafe.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 407: Only a bounder and a cad will walk away from a sick doll.‘The Three Wise Guys’ in|
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 84: I’m just a bounder.|
|Fings II i: Some bounder broke in last night and stole a whole lot of things.|
|Jeeves in the Offing 8: Now here the bounder was, bobbing up right in my midst.|
|Inside the Und. 31: Young Fred [...] would be called a cad and a bounder.|
|Observer Screen 20 June 10: Terry-Thomas playing upper class twit and bounder.|
|Layer Cake 88: They [i.e. rich women] love a bounder.|
4. (Aus.) in attrib. use of sense 3.
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 1 May 1/6: The man Hogan was a punter, / And he tried to struggle through / For to pay them bounder bookies.|
5. a person, with no derog. overtones.
|‘My Sally’ in(1902) cxix: My Sally’s a nippy bounder.|
|Sporting Times 22 Mar. 1/5: I’ve ’ad to lumber the old woman’s boots to pay the ’earing fee, and the bally old bounder’s stone deaf!|
|‘The Ballad of the Elder Son’ in Roderick (1967–9) II 74: But put me on at anything, / I’ll graft with any bounder here.|
|Capricorn (Rockhampton, Qld) 20 Dec. 19/1: Hello there, you old bounder.|