a person or thing that bounces.
a person who is employed at a bar, nightclub, etc., to eject disorderly persons.
something large of its kind.

Origin of bouncer

First recorded in 1755–65; bounce + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bouncer

Contemporary Examples of bouncer

Historical Examples of bouncer

  • They had a bouncer on each of my elbows before I had moved five feet.


    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • (reads) “accompanied by Mrs. Bouncer, also of the Banbury Light Horse.”

    Happy-Thought Hall

    F. C. Burnand

  • Cromwell can't do Mrs. Bouncer—he has a moustache, you know.

    A Pirate of Parts

    Richard Neville

  • You can have the honour of killing him yourself, with the help of Bouncer.

    Snow Shoes and Canoes

    William H. G. Kingston

  • How Bouncer had come to find me, or to whom the canoe belonged, no one could tell.

    Snow Shoes and Canoes

    William H. G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for bouncer



slang a person employed at a club, pub, disco, etc, to throw out drunks or troublemakers and stop those considered undesirable from entering
slang a dishonoured cheque
cricket another word for bumper 1
a person or thing that bounces
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Word Origin and History for bouncer

mid-19c. in various senses, noun derivative of bounce (v.) in its original sense of "thump, hit." Earliest attested is "boaster, bully, braggart" (1833); also "large example of its kind" (1842); "enforcer of order in a bar or saloon" (1865, American English, originally colloquial).

"The Bouncer" is merely the English "chucker out". When liberty verges on license and gaiety on wanton delirium, the Bouncer selects the gayest of the gay, and -- bounces him! ["London Daily News," July 26, 1883]
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