verb (used with or without object), jounced, jounc·ing.

to move joltingly or roughly up and down; bounce.


a jouncing movement.

Origin of jounce

1400–50; late Middle English; apparently blend of joll to bump (now obsolete) and bounce Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for jounce

impact, bump, jar, jolt, bounce, collision, jolting

Examples from the Web for jounce

Historical Examples of jounce

  • In order not to jounce the patient in carrying him the bearers should break step.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • Harvey Cheyne's wife, she were sick back, an' we didn't want to jounce her.

    "Captains Courageous"

    Rudyard Kipling

  • The wagon began to jounce, too; so they were obliged to go slowly.

  • Lumps of lead began to bounce and jounce around in Dawson's stomach.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal

    Robert Sydney Bowen

  • How it did jounce over occasional stones in the country road!

    Jewel's Story Book

    Clara Louise Burnham

British Dictionary definitions for jounce



to shake or jolt or cause to shake or jolt; bounce


a jolting movement; shake; bump

Word Origin for jounce

C15: probably a blend of dialect joll to bump + bounce
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Word Origin and History for jounce

mid-15c., of unknown origin, perhaps a blend of jump and bounce. Related: Jounced; jouncing. The noun is 1787, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper