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springy

[spring-ee] /ˈsprɪŋ i/
adjective, springier, springiest.
1.
characterized by spring or elasticity; flexible; resilient:
He walks with a springy step.
2.
(of land) abounding in or having springs of water.
Origin of springy
1585-1595
1585-95; spring + -y1
Related forms
springily, adverb
springiness, noun
Synonyms
1. buoyant, bouncy; youthful.
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Examples from the Web for springiness
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  • He had had a sharp walk along a road none of the best, and the springiness was beginning to disappear from his tread.

  • There was color in his cheeks, life in his eyes, and springiness in his step.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish
  • The springiness of his step relaxed into a slouching gait, and his head fell forward.

    Half a Hero Anthony Hope
  • Their air was one of dejection and there was no springiness in their gait.

    The Yellow Horde Hal G. Evarts
  • It was sad to see how her step had suddenly lost its springiness.

    Mollie's Prince Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • In all that countryside Bill possessed an absolute monopoly of springiness and elasticity.

    Jan A. J. Dawson
  • His shoulders were as square as ever but something had gone from the springiness of his gait.

    The Kingdom of the Blind E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Elastic′ity, springiness: power to recover from depression; Elas′ticness.

  • He carried the Kid's light weight easily, and he had not lost all his springiness of muscle.

  • On this property which Air has, of being condensed and rarefied by heat, its elasticity or springiness chiefly depends.

British Dictionary definitions for springiness

springy

/ˈsprɪŋɪ/
adjective springier, springiest
1.
possessing or characterized by resilience or bounce
2.
(of a place) having many wells or springs of water
Derived Forms
springily, adverb
springiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for springiness

springy

adj.

"elastic," 1650s, from spring (v.) + -y (2). Related: Springiness.

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