- stout, strong, or vigorous: a bouncing baby boy.
- exaggerated; big; hearty; noisy.
Origin of bouncing
- to spring back from a surface in a lively manner: The ball bounced off the wall.
- to strike the ground or other surface, and rebound: The ball bounced once before he caught it.
- to move or walk in a lively, exuberant, or energetic manner: She bounced into the room.
- to move along in a lively manner, repeatedly striking the surface below and rebounding: The box bounced down the stairs.
- to move about or enter or leave noisily or angrily (followed by around, about, out, out of, into, etc.): He bounced out of the room in a huff.
- (of a check or the like) to fail to be honored by the bank against which it was drawn, due to lack of sufficient funds.
- to cause to bound and rebound: to bounce a ball; to bounce a child on one's knee; to bounce a signal off a satellite.
- to refuse payment on (a check) because of insufficient funds: The bank bounced my rent check.
- to give (a bad check) as payment: That's the first time anyone bounced a check on me.
- Slang. to eject, expel, or dismiss summarily or forcibly.
- a bound or rebound: to catch a ball on the first bounce.
- a sudden spring or leap: In one bounce he was at the door.
- ability to rebound; resilience: This tennis ball has no more bounce.
- vitality; energy; liveliness: There is bounce in his step. This soda water has more bounce to it.
- the fluctuation in magnitude of target echoes on a radarscope.
- Slang. a dismissal, rejection, or expulsion: He's gotten the bounce from three different jobs.
- with a bounce; suddenly.
- bounce back, to recover quickly: After losing the first game of the double-header, the team bounced back to win the second.
Origin of bounce
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Examples from the Web for bouncing
The actor showed tremendous range in the role, bouncing between his wacky stand-up persona and gentler dramatic work.Robin Williams's Greatest Moments on Stage and Screen (Video)
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August 12, 2014
After that, the Princess of the Amazons spent months bouncing back and forth between various writers and artists.Wonder Woman Makes a Triumphant Comeback in a New Comic Series
March 13, 2014
Eventually people filed out, grinning broadly, bouncing on the balls of their feet.Jon Batiste, a Thrilling Jazz Pianist Whose First Goal Is to Entertain
February 16, 2014
The last thing I want is a bouncing bunk-bed in the back of the van and then a messy breakup.Mother Falcon the 18-Piece Indie Symphonic Rock Band Taking Texas By Storm
June 2, 2013
One soldier had a basketball and was bouncing it on the marble floors.I Watched Iraq Fall
Janine di Giovanni
March 17, 2013
And Connie Hancock, bouncing about hospitably in the large, rich house.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
The only other fare was a bouncing girl in a big hat with feathers.The Christian
He'll be tired by this time, with all this rough riding and bouncing about we have been giving him.Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal
G. Harvey Ralphson
Craig, bouncing alone on the middle seat of the buckboard, grunted.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
Corey shook his head, setting the heavy folds of flesh to bouncing.Police Your Planet
Lester del Rey
- (when postpositive , foll by with) vigorous and robust (esp in the phrase a bouncing baby)
- (intr) (of an elastic object, such as a ball) to rebound from an impact
- (tr) to cause (such an object) to hit a solid surface and spring back
- to rebound or cause to rebound repeatedly
- to move or cause to move suddenly, excitedly, or violently; springshe bounced up from her chair
- slang (of a bank) to send (a cheque) back or (of a cheque) to be sent back unredeemed because of lack of funds in the drawer's account
- (of an internet service provider) to send (an email message) back or (of an email message) to be sent back to the sender, for example because the recipient's email account is full
- (tr) slang to force (a person) to leave (a place or job); throw out; eject
- (tr) British to hustle (a person) into believing or doing something
- the action of rebounding from an impact
- a leap; jump; bound
- the quality of being able to rebound; springiness
- informal vitality; vigour; resilience
- British swagger or impudence
- informal a temporary increase or rise
- the bounce Australian rules football the start of play at the beginning of each quarter or after a goal
- get the bounce or give the bounce US informal to dismiss or be dismissed from a job
- on the bounce informal in succession; one after the otherthey have lost nine games on the bounce
Word Origin and History for bouncing
"vigorous, big," 1570s, present participle adjective from bounce (v.).
early 13c., bounsen "to thump, hit," perhaps from Dutch bonzen "to beat, thump," or Low German bunsen, or imitative; sense probably influenced by bound (v.). Sense of "to bounce like a ball" is from 1510s; the rubber check sense is from 1927. Related: Bounced; bouncing.
1520s, "a heavy blow," also "a leap, a rebound" from bounce (v.). In reference to politicians and public opinion polls, by 1996, American English.