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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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  • The lawns feel short and springy to the tread from the crisp buffalo-grass.

    Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent
  • Her foot and ankle are perfect, and the springy step is light as a fawn's.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • The stallion evidently sensed what new danger threatened his stolen freedom, and circled the yard with high, springy strides.

    Rowdy of the Cross L B.M. Sinclair, AKA B.M. Bower
  • There was the sound of a light footstep on the springy turf.

    The New Tenant E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "All right," said Joe; and they led the colt to the gate and out on to the smooth, level flat, where the sod was soft and springy.

    Jack, the Young Ranchman George Bird Grinnell
  • I don't like your floor, maty; it's too springy to my taste.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • How good it felt to walk with moccasined feet over the springy turf, under the trees!

    Bayou Folk Kate Chopin
  • He became a whirlwind of action, covered the floor with springy step.

    No Clue James Hay
  • He drew himself up jauntily, and his step became strong and springy.

    The Masters of the Peaks Joseph A. Altsheler
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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