[ 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.

Origin of spongy

First recorded in 1530–40; sponge + -y1


spon·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 forms of spongy

spongily, adverbsponginess, noun
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Medical definitions for spongy

[ spŭnjē ]


Resembling a sponge in appearance, elasticity, or porosity.

Other words from spongy

spongi•ness n.
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