verb (used without object), bounced, bounc·ing.
verb (used with object), bounced, bounc·ing.
Origin of bounce
Synonyms for bounce
Related Words for bouncerebound, bump, bound, ricochet, jump, leap, hop, carom, heave, throw, vigor, life, zip, give, energy, pep, elasticity, vitality, liveliness, animation
Examples from the Web for bounce
Contemporary Examples of bounce
The whole idea was to be a stone wall and just let everyone else bounce off us.Street Harassment Shouldn’t Be a Crime
October 29, 2014
The gosling's best chance at surviving the jump is to bounce off the cliff on its soft belly.Barnacle Gosling’s Death-Defying Cliff Dive
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
October 28, 2014
In contrast, word that Ebola might be sexually transmitted would likely bounce very differently.Ebola Might Be Sexually Transmitted
September 4, 2014
After all, with twerking, Cyrus was appropriating the hip-hop dance moves of Southern black women in Bounce music and culture.Miley Cyrus Embraces Activism Like a Stripper Pole and It's Fantastic
August 25, 2014
Ojile likens it to chronic sleep deprivation: An occasional all-nighter is rough, but you bounce back.Can Changing Time Zones Affect Your Health?
June 13, 2014
Historical Examples of bounce
See, I'd get hot and hotter, plase your honour, till I'd bounce!Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
The tone in which this was spoken was harsh and stentorian, and almost made me bounce.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
"Bounce our bombs right into the open end of the hangar," Stan said, grinning.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
Glass is elastic; you know how you can bounce a glass marble.
The mirror is like that plank; it is something that will reflect (bounce) the light directly.
Word Origin for bounce
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with bounce
- bounce around
- bounce back
- get the ax (bounce)
- more bounce for the ounce
- that's how the ball bounces