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adjective, spring·i·er, spring·i·est.
  1. characterized by spring or elasticity; flexible; resilient: He walks with a springy step.
  2. (of land) abounding in or having springs of water.

Origin of springy

First recorded in 1585–95; spring + -y1
Related formsspring·i·ly, adverbspring·i·ness, noun

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Examples from the Web for springiness

Historical Examples of springiness

  • There was color in his cheeks, life in his eyes, and springiness in his step.

  • Their air was one of dejection and there was no springiness in their gait.

    The Yellow Horde

    Hal G. Evarts

  • It was sad to see how her step had suddenly lost its springiness.

    Mollie's Prince

    Rosa Nouchette Carey

  • His shoulders were as square as ever but something had gone from the springiness of his gait.

    The Kingdom of the Blind

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • In all that countryside Bill possessed an absolute monopoly of springiness and elasticity.


    A. J. Dawson

British Dictionary definitions for springiness


adjective springier or springiest
  1. possessing or characterized by resilience or bounce
  2. (of a place) having many wells or springs of water
Derived Formsspringily, adverbspringiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for springiness



"elastic," 1650s, from spring (v.) + -y (2). Related: Springiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper