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[spring-ee] /ˈsprɪŋ i/
adjective, springier, springiest.
characterized by spring or elasticity; flexible; resilient:
He walks with a springy step.
(of land) abounding in or having springs of water.
Origin of springy
First recorded in 1585-95; spring + -y1
Related forms
springily, adverb
springiness, noun
1. buoyant, bouncy; youthful. Unabridged
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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


adjective springier, springiest
possessing or characterized by resilience or bounce
(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

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

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