[ spuhn-jee ]
/ ˈspʌn dʒi /

adjective, spon·gi·er, spon·gi·est.

of the nature of or resembling a sponge; light, porous, and elastic or readily compressible, as pith or bread.
having the absorbent characteristics of a sponge; absorbing or holding liquid or yielding liquid when pressed.
of or relating to a sponge.
lacking in firmness or solidity: spongy wood; a spongy feeling from the car brakes.
moist and soft; soggy: spongy ground.
porous but hard, as bone.

Nearby words

  1. spongioid,
  2. spongiose,
  3. spongiosis,
  4. spongiositis,
  5. spongocoel,
  6. spongy bone,
  7. spongy degeneration,
  8. spongy parenchyma,
  9. spongy substance,
  10. sponsion

Origin of spongy

First recorded in 1530–40; sponge + -y1

Related formsspon·gi·ly, adverbspon·gi·ness, nounun·spong·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for spongy


/ (ˈspʌndʒɪ) /

adjective -gier or -giest

of or resembling a sponge, esp in texture, porosity, elasticity, or compressibilityspongy bread; spongy bone
of or like a sponge in respect of its capacity to absorb fluid and yield it when compressed
Derived Formsspongily, adverbsponginess, noun

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Word Origin and History for spongy



"soft, elastic," 1530s, from sponge (n.) + -y (2). Related: Sponginess.

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Medicine definitions for spongy


[ spŭnjē ]


Resembling a sponge in appearance, elasticity, or porosity.
Related formsspongi•ness n.

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