or bounce-back

[ bouns-bak ]
/ ˈbaʊnsˌbæk /


the act or an instance of bouncing back, recovering, or recuperating: Fall sales have experienced a tremendous bounceback.

Nearby words

  1. bounce around,
  2. bounce back,
  3. bounce flash,
  4. bounce game,
  5. bounce light,
  6. bouncebackability,
  7. bounced flash,
  8. bouncedown,
  9. bouncer,
  10. bouncing

Origin of bounceback

noun use of verb phrase bounce back

Origin of bounce

1175–1225; Middle English buncin, bounsen, variant of bunkin, apparently cognate with Dutch bonken to thump, belabor, bonzen to knock, bump

Related formsbounce·a·ble, adjectivebounce·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bounce back

bounce back


(intr, adverb) to recover one's health, good spirits, confidence, etc, easily after a setback

noun bounce-back

a recovery following a setback


/ (baʊns) /



Word Origin for bounce

C13: probably of imitative origin; compare Low German bunsen to beat, Dutch bonken to thump

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Word Origin and History for bounce back
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Idioms and Phrases with bounce back

bounce back

Recover quickly, as in She had pneumonia, but she bounced back in less than a week. This expression is a metaphor for the rebound of a ball or some elastic material.


In addition to the idioms beginning with bounce

  • bounce around
  • bounce back

also see:

  • get the ax (bounce)
  • more bounce for the ounce
  • that's how the ball bounces
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