Lady Bountiful

a woman who engages in ostentatious acts of charity. [C19: from the name of a character in Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem (1707).]

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  • Lady Bountiful — ► Lady Bountiful a woman who engages in ostentatious acts of charity. [ORIGIN: from the name of a character in Farquhar s The Beaux Stratagem (1707).] Main Entry: ↑bountiful …   English terms dictionary

  • Lady Bountiful — n. [after a character in Farquhar s comedy The Beaux Stratagem (1707)] a charitable woman, esp. one who gives ostentatiously …   English World dictionary

  • lady bountiful — noun (plural lady bountifuls or ladies bountiful) Usage: often capitalized L&B Etymology: after Lady Bountiful, character in The Beaux Stratagem (1707), play by George Farquhar died 1707 British dramatist born in Ireland : a woman notable for or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lady Bountiful — a woman who enjoys showing people how rich and kind she is by giving things to poor people. I ve got a lot of clothes that they might make use of but I m worried they they might see me as some sort of Lady Bountiful …   New idioms dictionary

  • lady bountiful — /leɪdi ˈbaʊntəfəl/ (say laydee bowntuhfuhl) noun a woman noted for her generosity, which is often slightly ostentatious. {from the character Lady Bountiful in the play The Beaux Stratagem (1707) by George Farquhar, who used her wealth to help the …   Australian English dictionary

  • Lady Bountiful — pl. Lady Bountifuls, Ladies Bountiful. 1. a wealthy lady in George Farquhar s The Beaux Stratagem, noted for her kindness and generosity. 2. (sometimes l.c.) a woman of noteworthy generosity or charity. * * * …   Universalium

  • Lady Bountiful — La′dy Boun′tiful n. pl. Lady Bountifuls, Ladies Bountiful 1) lit. a wealthy lady in George Farquhar s The Beaux Stratagem (1707), noted for her kindness and generosity 2) (sometimes l.c.) a woman of noteworthy generosity or charity …   From formal English to slang

  • Lady Bountiful — noun a) A rich and generous woman. b) An over patronising woman, showing off her wealth by acts of overwhelming generosity …   Wiktionary

  • lady bountiful — Synonyms and related words: Maecenas, Santa Claus, almoner, almsgiver, angel, assignor, awarder, backer, bestower, cheerful giver, conferrer, consignor, contributor, donator, donor, fairy godmother, feoffor, financer, funder, giver, grantor,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • bountiful — ► ADJECTIVE 1) abundant. 2) giving generously. ● Lady Bountiful Cf. ↑Lady Bountiful DERIVATIVES bountifully adverb …   English terms dictionary

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