[ boun-sing ]
/ ˈbaʊn sɪŋ /


stout, strong, or vigorous: a bouncing baby boy.
exaggerated; big; hearty; noisy.

Origin of bouncing

First recorded in 1570–80; bounce + -ing2

Related forms

bounc·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for bouncing (2 of 2)

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 forms

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

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British Dictionary definitions for bouncing (1 of 2)


/ (ˈbaʊnsɪŋ) /


(when postpositive , foll by with) vigorous and robust (esp in the phrase a bouncing baby)

British Dictionary definitions for bouncing (2 of 2)


/ (baʊns) /



Word Origin for bounce

C13: probably of imitative origin; compare Low German bunsen to beat, Dutch bonken to thump
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Idioms and Phrases with bouncing


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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