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jounce

[jouns] /dʒaʊns/
verb (used with or without object), jounced, jouncing.
1.
to move joltingly or roughly up and down; bounce.
noun
2.
a jouncing movement.
Origin of jounce
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; apparently blend of joll to bump (now obsolete) and bounce
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Historical Examples
  • In order not to jounce the patient in carrying him the bearers should break step.

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  • Harvey Cheyne's wife, she were sick back, an' we didn't want to jounce her.

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • The wagon began to jounce, too; so they were obliged to go slowly.

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  • Lumps of lead began to bounce and jounce around in Dawson's stomach.

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  • How it did jounce over occasional stones in the country road!

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  • When I think of him and then of myself it gives me a good deal of a jounce.

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  • Mijok ran with his vast strides, holding the shield out in front so that the motion of his body would not jounce it.

    West Of The Sun Edgar Pangborn
  • Comanche told me there's one section o' sawedged track that's liable to jounce ye a little.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • The eight occupants began to "jounce" when opposite the Orde place, and Bobby saw with admiration that this was a "spring bobs."

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • Nevertheless he gave Jack another cut that made him jounce at a fearful rate up to the back veranda.

British Dictionary definitions for jounce

jounce

/dʒaʊns/
verb
1.
to shake or jolt or cause to shake or jolt; bounce
noun
2.
a jolting movement; shake; bump
Word Origin
C15: probably a blend of dialect joll to bump + bounce
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Word Origin and History for jounce
v.

mid-15c., of unknown origin, perhaps a blend of jump and bounce. Related: Jounced; jouncing. The noun is 1787, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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