adjective, bounc·i·er, bounc·i·est.

tending characteristically to bounce or bounce well: An old tennis ball is not as bouncy as a new one.
resilient: a thick carpet that is bouncy underfoot.
animated; lively: a bouncy personality.

Nearby words

  1. bouncedown,
  2. bouncer,
  3. bouncing,
  4. bouncing bet,
  5. bouncingly,
  6. bouncy castle,
  7. bound,
  8. bound and determined to,
  9. bound for,
  10. bound form

Origin of bouncy

First recorded in 1920–25; bounce + -y1

Related formsbounc·i·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bouncy


adjective bouncier or bounciest

lively, exuberant, or self-confident
having the capability or quality of bouncinga bouncy ball
responsive to bouncing; springya bouncy bed
Derived Formsbouncily, adverbbounciness, noun

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Word Origin and History for bouncy



1895, from bounce (n.) + -y (2).

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