a charitable woman, esp. one who gives ostentatiously
Origin of Lady Bountifulafter a character in Farquhar's comedy The Beaux' Stratagem (1707)
(plural Ladies Bountiful)
- A rich and generous woman.
- (derogatory) An over-patronising woman, showing off her wealth by acts of 'overwhelming' generosity.
- From a character in the 18th century play The Beaux' Stratagem by George Farquhar