[ jouns ]
/ dʒaʊns /

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

to move joltingly or roughly up and down; bounce.


a jouncing movement.

Nearby words

  1. joule,
  2. joule effect,
  3. joule's law,
  4. joule, james prescott,
  5. joule-thomson effect,
  6. jour.,
  7. jourdan,
  8. jourdan, jean baptiste,
  9. journ.,
  10. journal

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

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British Dictionary definitions for jounce


/ (dʒaʊns) /


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.

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