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springy

[spring-ee] /ˈsprɪŋ i/
adjective, springier, springiest.
1.
characterized by spring or elasticity; flexible; resilient:
He walks with a springy step.
2.
(of land) abounding in or having springs of water.
Origin of springy
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; spring + -y1
Related forms
springily, adverb
springiness, noun
Synonyms
1. buoyant, bouncy; youthful.
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  • He's not so large or tall, but quick and springy, and muscled like a panther.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Got plenty of water by digging a few holes in the springy places.

  • The meat will feel tender and springy when you squeeze it with your fingers.

  • Under foot the soil was springy with the mould of numberless autumns.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • It is so springy and soft, all this straw; and it tickles one so funnily in the neck.

  • The springy step of Josiah Bonnithorne was soon lost in the road below.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Name's Mervin; all whipcord and whalebone; springy as a bent bow.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • The women were exquisite in their grace and springy lightness.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • "You may lie on my cloak," said the old woman, and spread it on the springy couch.

    In the Border Country Josephine Daskam Bacon
British Dictionary definitions for springy

springy

/ˈsprɪŋɪ/
adjective springier, springiest
1.
possessing or characterized by resilience or bounce
2.
(of a place) having many wells or springs of water
Derived Forms
springily, adverb
springiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for springy
adj.

"elastic," 1650s, from spring (v.) + -y (2). Related: Springiness.

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