[ spuhn-jee ]
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adjective,spon·gi·er, spon·gi·est.
  1. of the nature of or resembling a sponge; light, porous, and elastic or readily compressible, as pith or bread.

  2. having the absorbent characteristics of a sponge; absorbing or holding liquid or yielding liquid when pressed.

  1. of or relating to a sponge.

  2. lacking in firmness or solidity: spongy wood; a spongy feeling from the car brakes.

  3. moist and soft; soggy: spongy ground.

  4. porous but hard, as bone.

Origin of spongy

First recorded in 1530–40; sponge + -y1

Other words from spongy

  • spon·gi·ly, adverb
  • spon·gi·ness, noun
  • un·spong·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for spongy


/ (ˈspʌndʒɪ) /

adjective-gier or -giest
  1. of or resembling a sponge, esp in texture, porosity, elasticity, or compressibility: spongy bread; spongy bone

  2. of or like a sponge in respect of its capacity to absorb fluid and yield it when compressed

Derived forms of spongy

  • spongily, adverb
  • sponginess, noun

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