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[bouns] /baʊns/
verb (used without object), bounced, bouncing.
to spring back from a surface in a lively manner:
The ball bounced off the wall.
to strike the ground or other surface, and rebound:
The ball bounced once before he caught it.
to move or walk in a lively, exuberant, or energetic manner:
She bounced into the room.
to move along in a lively manner, repeatedly striking the surface below and rebounding:
The box bounced down the stairs.
to move about or enter or leave noisily or angrily (followed by around, about, out, out of, into, etc.):
He bounced out of the room in a huff.
(of a check or the like) to fail to be honored by the bank against which it was drawn, due to lack of sufficient funds.
verb (used with object), bounced, bouncing.
to cause to bound and rebound:
to bounce a ball; to bounce a child on one's knee; to bounce a signal off a satellite.
to refuse payment on (a check) because of insufficient funds:
The bank bounced my rent check.
to give (a bad check) as payment:
That's the first time anyone bounced a check on me.
Slang. to eject, expel, or dismiss summarily or forcibly.
a bound or rebound:
to catch a ball on the first bounce.
a sudden spring or leap:
In one bounce he was at the door.
ability to rebound; resilience:
This tennis ball has no more bounce.
vitality; energy; liveliness:
There is bounce in his step. This soda water has more bounce to it.
the fluctuation in magnitude of target echoes on a radarscope.
Slang. a dismissal, rejection, or expulsion:
He's gotten the bounce from three different jobs.
with a bounce; suddenly.
Verb phrases
bounce back, to recover quickly:
After losing the first game of the double-header, the team bounced back to win the second.
Origin of bounce
1175-1225; Middle English buncin, bounsen, variant of bunkin, apparently cognate with Dutch bonken to thump, belabor, bonzen to knock, bump
Related forms
bounceable, adjective
bounceably, adverb
14. animation, vivacity, life, spirit, pep, vigor, zip. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bounced
  • With the end of the drought, coupled with several major irrigation projects, the state's agricultural industry bounced back.
  • As dust from construction sites mingled with car exhaust, the taxi bounced through cratered streets, past pools of stagnant water.
  • Investments have bounced back, but not to their former heights.
  • Anybody else would have been bounced out of the college for a while.
  • It's a tough place to be in, but know that others have bounced back from tenure denial and gone on to illustrious careers.
  • Most of the times, my emails have bounced back which means snail mail is the best way to post your applications.
  • It landed on the sidewalk, bounced about three feet, crashed back down and convulsed for a couple seconds.
  • White explains how a letter from the phone company about a bounced check made him write a lost-my-mind song.
  • Fashions in families might keep changing, so that world fertility bounced above and below replacement rate.
  • But during the country's sluggish recovery, they bounced back faster.
British Dictionary definitions for bounced


(intransitive) (of an elastic object, such as a ball) to rebound from an impact
(transitive) to cause (such an object) to hit a solid surface and spring back
to rebound or cause to rebound repeatedly
to move or cause to move suddenly, excitedly, or violently; spring: she bounced up from her chair
(slang) (of a bank) to send (a cheque) back or (of a cheque) to be sent back unredeemed because of lack of funds in the drawer's account
(of an internet service provider) to send (an email message) back or (of an email message) to be sent back to the sender, for example because the recipient's email account is full
(transitive) (slang) to force (a person) to leave (a place or job); throw out; eject
(transitive) (Brit) to hustle (a person) into believing or doing something
the action of rebounding from an impact
a leap; jump; bound
the quality of being able to rebound; springiness
(informal) vitality; vigour; resilience
(Brit) swagger or impudence
(informal) a temporary increase or rise
(Australian rules football) the bounce, the start of play at the beginning of each quarter or after a goal
(US, informal) get the bounce, give the bounce, to dismiss or be dismissed from a job
(informal) on the bounce, in succession; one after the other: they have lost nine games on the bounce
Word Origin
C13: probably of imitative origin; compare Low German bunsen to beat, Dutch bonken to thump
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Word Origin and History for bounced



early 13c., bounsen "to thump, hit," perhaps from Dutch bonzen "to beat, thump," or Low German bunsen, or imitative; sense probably influenced by bound (v.). Sense of "to bounce like a ball" is from 1510s; the rubber check sense is from 1927. Related: Bounced; bouncing.


1520s, "a heavy blow," also "a leap, a rebound" from bounce (v.). In reference to politicians and public opinion polls, by 1996, American English.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bounced


  1. Energy; vitality; piss and vinegar, pizzazz •Perhaps fr a 1930s term for a lively jazz tempo: more bounce to the ounce (1940s+)
  2. Aprisonsentence: You're going down as an accessory to assault and battery, a serious bounce (1950s+ Underworld)
  3. (also bump)A sudden and sometime brief increase in rating, popularity, value, etc: The Republicans got a three-point bounce out of their convention (1980+)
  1. To expel; throw out: When he started swearing, they bounced him (1870s+)
  2. To discharge or dismiss; fire (1880s+)
  3. To be rejected for lack of funds in the bank: His checks never bounce (1920s+)
  4. To intimidate; bully; roust •Esp police use: And I'll want to bounce this Nadine kid, see what she has to say (1600s+)

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