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[boun-ser] /ˈbaʊn sər/
a person or thing that bounces.
a person who is employed at a bar, nightclub, etc., to eject disorderly persons.
something large of its kind.
Origin of bouncer
1755-65; bounce + -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bouncer
  • And early this morning, two brothers with whom the bouncer scuffled were released by the district attorney's office.
  • And, if you break that rule, you could see your camera destroyed by the lady's bouncer.
  • She has been supplied with a bouncer to keep out the wrong crowd.
  • Guy goes into an upscale bar and the bouncer tells him a necktie is required for admission.
  • All groups, regardless of size, are required to make picnic reservations and obtain a bouncer permit.
  • The figure above is a space-time representation of the quantum bouncer.
  • Children can jump around in a bouncer and get their faces painted by a clown.
British Dictionary definitions for bouncer


(slang) a person employed at a club, pub, disco, etc, to throw out drunks or troublemakers and stop those considered undesirable from entering
(slang) a dishonoured cheque
(cricket) another word for bumper1
a person or thing that bounces
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Word Origin and History for bouncer

mid-19c. in various senses, noun derivative of bounce (v.) in its original sense of "thump, hit." Earliest attested is "boaster, bully, braggart" (1833); also "large example of its kind" (1842); "enforcer of order in a bar or saloon" (1865, American English, originally colloquial).

"The Bouncer" is merely the English "chucker out". When liberty verges on license and gaiety on wanton delirium, the Bouncer selects the gayest of the gay, and -- bounces him! ["London Daily News," July 26, 1883]

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Slang definitions & phrases for bouncer


  1. A person employed to eject unwanted customers from a saloon, restaurant, dance hall, etc (1880s+)
  2. A check that is returned for lack of funds; rubber check (1920s+)
  3. A forged check (1920s+ Underworld)
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