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[spring-ee] /ˈsprɪŋ i/
adjective, springier, springiest.
characterized by spring or elasticity; flexible; resilient:
He walks with a springy step.
(of land) abounding in or having springs of water.
Origin of springy
1585-95; spring + -y1
Related forms
springily, adverb
springiness, noun
1. buoyant, bouncy; youthful. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for springiness
Historical Examples
  • 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


adjective springier, springiest
possessing or characterized by resilience or bounce
(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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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