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[boun-ser] /ˈbaʊn sər/
a person or thing that bounces.
a person who is employed at a bar, nightclub, etc., to eject disorderly persons.
something large of its kind.
Origin of bouncer
First recorded in 1755-65; bounce + -er1 Unabridged
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  • They had a bouncer on each of my elbows before I had moved five feet.

    Vigorish Gordon Randall Garrett
  • (reads) “accompanied by Mrs. bouncer, also of the Banbury Light Horse.”

    Happy-Thought Hall F. C. Burnand
  • Cromwell can't do Mrs. bouncer—he has a moustache, you know.

    A Pirate of Parts Richard Neville
  • How bouncer had come to find me, or to whom the canoe belonged, no one could tell.

    Snow Shoes and Canoes William H. G. Kingston
  • You can have the honour of killing him yourself, with the help of bouncer.

    Snow Shoes and Canoes William H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for bouncer


(slang) a person employed at a club, pub, disco, etc, to throw out drunks or troublemakers and stop those considered undesirable from entering
(slang) a dishonoured cheque
(cricket) another word for bumper1
a person or thing that bounces
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Word Origin and History for bouncer

mid-19c. in various senses, noun derivative of bounce (v.) in its original sense of "thump, hit." Earliest attested is "boaster, bully, braggart" (1833); also "large example of its kind" (1842); "enforcer of order in a bar or saloon" (1865, American English, originally colloquial).

"The Bouncer" is merely the English "chucker out". When liberty verges on license and gaiety on wanton delirium, the Bouncer selects the gayest of the gay, and -- bounces him! ["London Daily News," July 26, 1883]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bouncer



  1. A person employed to eject unwanted customers from a saloon, restaurant, dance hall, etc (1880s+)
  2. A check that is returned for lack of funds; rubber check (1920s+)
  3. A forged check (1920s+ Underworld)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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