Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bounder n.

1. (US) a severe blow [it makes one ‘bound’, i.e. leap].

[UK]J. Wetherell Adventures of John Wetherell (1954) 160: I gave him a bounder across the shoulders with my broom stick.
[UK]Westmorland Gaz. 21 Dec. 2/3: Hudson placed an uncharitable ‘bounder’ on his adversary’s left listener.
[US] in DARE.

2. a four-wheeled cab [the ‘bounding’ motion of the cab].

[UK]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 .
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.
[UK]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].

[Aus]Examiner 18 Dec. 10/1: He was officially reported as having introduced 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.
[UK]Hants Teleg. 29 Sept. 11/6: He has an idea that to call a man a ‘bally bounder’ is quite the ducal thing.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 8 Apr. 1/1: Charlie Lett [...] will probably resent John Burns’ reference to the ‘Colonial Bounders’.
[UK]W. Pett Ridge Mord Em’ly 289: A dirty, low, sneaking, rotten bounder!
[UK]Boy’s Own Paper 20 Oct. 38: Anyone could see with half an eye that he was a regular bounder.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 17 Jan. 1/1: His chief is waiting anxiously for the trouble-buying bounder to again distinguish himself.
[UK]Marvel 5 Feb. 6: ‘Dashed cheek,’ said one of them irritably. ‘What a bounder!’.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 23 Jan. 2nd sect. 1/1: They Say [...] That a Bayswater bounder runs a risk of being punched on the point.
[UK]Harrington & Powell [perf. Marie Lloyd] Put On Your Slippers 🎵 Now Bertie was a bounder - yes - and regular hot stuff too.
[US]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’.
[UK]‘Sapper’ Mufti 66: To her he was never the vain, strutting little bounder making himself ridiculous and offensive by turn.
[US]O.O. McIntyre New York Day by Day 18 Sept. [synd. col.] Bounderish philanderers who peregrinate [...] from dance temple to cafe.
[US]D. Runyon ‘The Three Wise Guys’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 407: Only a bounder and a cad will walk away from a sick doll.
[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 84: I’m just a bounder.
[UK]F. Norman Fings II i: Some bounder broke in last night and stole a whole lot of things.
[UK]Wodehouse Jeeves in the Offing 8: Now here the bounder was, bobbing up right in my midst.
[UK]P. Fordham Inside the Und. 31: Young Fred [...] would be called a cad and a bounder.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Godson 58: ‘I kneed the bounder in the cods’.
[UK]Observer Screen 20 June 10: Terry-Thomas playing upper class twit and bounder.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 88: They [i.e. rich women] love a bounder.

4. (Aus.) in attrib. use of sense 3.

[Aus]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.

[UK] ‘My Sally’ in Baumann (1902) cxix: My Sally’s a nippy bounder.
[UK]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!
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘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.
[US]Capricorn (Rockhampton, Qld) 20 Dec. 19/1: Hello there, you old bounder.