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bouncy

[boun-see]
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adjective, bounc·i·er, bounc·i·est.
  1. tending characteristically to bounce or bounce well: An old tennis ball is not as bouncy as a new one.
  2. resilient: a thick carpet that is bouncy underfoot.
  3. animated; lively: a bouncy personality.
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Origin of bouncy

First recorded in 1920–25; bounce + -y1
Related formsbounc·i·ly, adverb
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  • There she was, five foot eleven of big, bouncy, blonde smorgasbord.

    Inside John Barth

    William W. Stuart

  • The women are self-conscious in a rather smirky way, bouncy.

    Sea and Sardinia

    D. H. Lawrence

  • There were jingles with an insistent, bouncy rhythm, about soft drinks he had never tasted.

  • But there she was, no longer flat-walking and coughing and thin and wax-skinned, but golden-brown and curvy and bouncy.

    They Twinkled Like Jewels

    Philip Jos Farmer

  • The little sisters—all bouncy blond curls and silly with laughter—their reaction to everything was excitement.

    Step IV

    Rosel George Brown


British Dictionary definitions for bouncy

bouncy

adjective bouncier or bounciest
  1. lively, exuberant, or self-confident
  2. having the capability or quality of bouncinga bouncy ball
  3. responsive to bouncing; springya bouncy bed
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Derived Formsbouncily, adverbbounciness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bouncy

adj.

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

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