From Middle English boun, from Old Norse búinn, past participle of búa (“to prepare”).
boun (comparative more boun, superlative most boun)
- (obsolete) Ready, prepared.
- c. 1375, John Barbour, The Brus; or, The metrical history of Robert I, King of Scots.
- To this thai all assentyt ar, And bad thair men all mak thaim yar For to be boune, agayne that day, On the best wiss that cuir thai may.
boun (third-person singular simple present bouns, present participle bouning, simple past and past participle bouned)
- (transitive, intransitive) To make or get ready; prepare.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
- boun at OneLook Dictionary Search
- boun in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.