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[spuhn-jee] /ˈspʌn dʒi/
adjective, spongier, spongiest.
of the nature of or resembling a sponge; light, porous, and elastic or readily compressible, as pith or bread.
having the absorbent characteristics of a sponge; absorbing or holding liquid or yielding liquid when pressed.
of or relating to a sponge.
lacking in firmness or solidity:
spongy wood; a spongy feeling from the car brakes.
moist and soft; soggy:
spongy ground.
porous but hard, as bone.
Origin of spongy
1530-40; sponge + -y1
Related forms
spongily, adverb
sponginess, noun
unspongy, adjective Unabridged
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  • The narrator was shocked to discover that the reef was spongy and alive.
  • Discard egg-shaped stomach, spongy gills, and the skin covering the siphon.
British Dictionary definitions for spongy


adjective -gier, -giest
of or resembling a sponge, esp in texture, porosity, elasticity, or compressibility: spongy bread, spongy bone
of or like a sponge in respect of its capacity to absorb fluid and yield it when compressed
Derived Forms
spongily, adverb
sponginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for spongy

"soft, elastic," 1530s, from sponge (n.) + -y (2). Related: Sponginess.

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spongy in Medicine

spongy spong·y (spŭn'jē)
Resembling a sponge in appearance, elasticity, or porosity.

spong'i·ness n.
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