verb (used without object), bounced, bounc·ing.
verb (used with object), bounced, bounc·ing.
- boumedienne, houari,
- bounce around,
- bounce back,
- bounce flash,
- bounce game,
- bounce light
Origin of bounce
Examples from the Web for bounce
The whole idea was to be a stone wall and just let everyone else bounce off us.
The gosling's best chance at surviving the jump is to bounce off the cliff on its soft belly.
In contrast, word that Ebola might be sexually transmitted would likely bounce very differently.
Ojile likens it to chronic sleep deprivation: An occasional all-nighter is rough, but you bounce back.
It meant more to our father to see us deal with a setback and try to bounce back than to watch how we handled our successes.‘Calamity Jill’ Rises Again: Fired New York Times Editor Returns to the Public Stage|Lloyd Grove|May 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But if you use him for your future—well, I have a little scheme that might bounce you up to the sky in a hurry.We Can't Have Everything|Rupert Hughes
In her astonishment I thought she was going to bounce out of the carriage.A Romantic Young Lady|Robert Grant
Bounce shook his head as if to say there was no danger while in his company.The Cave by the Beech Fork|Henry S. Spalding
I shall get smart young chaps with plenty of bounce and go, but not much education.A Lost Cause|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
It must not be supposed that such experienced men as Redhand and Bounce were altogether unprepared for a surprise of this sort.The Wild Man of the West|R.M. Ballantyne
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