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[jouns] /dʒaʊns/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), jounced, jouncing.
to move joltingly or roughly up and down; bounce.
a jouncing movement.
Origin of jounce
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; apparently blend of joll to bump (now obsolete) and bounce Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for jounce
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  • For a time, he was content to jounce rapturously on the cushion and snap the buckle of the reins.

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
  • Harvey Cheyne's wife, she were sick back, an' we didn't want to jounce her.

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • Harvey Cheyne's wife, she was sick back, an' we did n't want to jounce her.

  • When I think of him and then of myself it gives me a good deal of a jounce.

    August First Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews and Roy Irving Murray
  • At that werry minute Pete Maguff's bar'l o' maple syrup on my waggin' give a jounce, and went by the board over the port rail.

  • Mijok ran with his vast strides, holding the shield out in front so that the motion of his body would not jounce it.

    West Of The Sun Edgar Pangborn
  • After a moment's indecision he began awkwardly to jounce it, teeter it, rock it back and forth, and to pat it jerkily.

    Miss Billy Married Eleanor H. Porter
  • Comanche told me there's one section o' sawedged track that's liable to jounce ye a little.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • The wagon began to jounce, too; so they were obliged to go slowly.

    The Emerald City of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • Nevertheless he gave Jack another cut that made him jounce at a fearful rate up to the back veranda.

British Dictionary definitions for jounce


to shake or jolt or cause to shake or jolt; bounce
a jolting movement; shake; bump
Word Origin
C15: probably a blend of dialect joll to bump + bounce
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jounce

mid-15c., of unknown origin, perhaps a blend of jump and bounce. Related: Jounced; jouncing. The noun is 1787, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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