[ jouns ]
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verb (used with or without object),jounced, jounc·ing.
  1. to move joltingly or roughly up and down; bounce.

  1. 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. 2023

How to use jounce in a sentence

  • This time the carts did not move single file, but jounced over the prairie in any order their drivers saw fit.

    South from Hudson Bay | E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • Tins—of corned beef, lentils, sardines—bounced on the floor of the wagon until they jounced over the side into the road.

    Ethel Morton at Chautauqua | Mabell S. C. Smith
  • "I jounced up and down on him to keep him quiet when he turned ugly," he remarked to me parenthetically.

    Theodore Roosevelt | Theodore Roosevelt
  • Each was rushing along at a lively rate of speed, and those aboard had to hold on tightly for fear of being jounced off.

    The Bobbsey Twins | Laura Lee Hope
  • A moment later and the cab jounced over a loose paving-block, almost unseating M'riar from her place on the rear springs.

    The Old Flute-Player | Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey

British Dictionary definitions for jounce


/ (dʒaʊns) /

  1. to shake or jolt or cause to shake or jolt; bounce

  1. a jolting movement; shake; bump

Origin of jounce

C15: probably a blend of dialect joll to bump + bounce

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