adjective, spring·i·er, spring·i·est.

characterized by spring or elasticity; flexible; resilient: He walks with a springy step.
(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

Synonyms for springy

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Contemporary Examples of springy

Historical Examples of springy

  • It was on a level round of old moss, damp but springy, hid from the house by some saugh-trees.

  • The floor was bedded down a foot deep with springy silver fir boughs, laid butts down and toward the foot.


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  • She learned the springy gait of the true hill climber, and drank in health and strength from the keen hill air.

  • It should be made of cinders, well rolled, and ought to be kept dampened so as to make it springy.

  • The fires would be in yellow dots along the countryside, and the heather would be like a pillow so soft and springy under the arm.

British Dictionary definitions for springy


adjective springier or springiest

possessing or characterized by resilience or bounce
(of a place) having many wells or springs of water
Derived Formsspringily, adverbspringiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for springy

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

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