- Tending to bounce.
- Springy; elastic: clean, bouncy hair.
- Lively; energetic: bouncy tunes.
Variant of bounce
transitive verbbounced, bouncing
- Archaic to bump or thump
- to cause to hit against a surface so as to spring back: to bounce a ball
- ☆ Slang to put (an undesirable person) out by force
- ☆ Slang to discharge from employment
Origin of bounceMiddle English bounsen, to thump; uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to Dutch bonzen and amp; Low German bunsen, to thump, strike
- to spring back from a surface after striking it; rebound
- to move suddenly; spring; jump: to bounce out of bed
- ☆ Slang to be returned to the payee by a bank as a worthless check, because of insufficient funds in the drawer's account
- a bouncing; rebound
- a leap or jump
- capacity for bouncing: the ball has lost its bounce
- Brit. impudence; bluster
- ☆ Informal
- energy, zest, etc.
- the ability to regain one's spirit or optimism
Informal to recover strength, good humor, etc. quickly
Slang dismissal or forcible ejection: to give (or get) the bounce