stout, strong, or vigorous:
a bouncing baby boy.
exaggerated; big; hearty; noisy.
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.
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.
bounce back, to recover quickly:
After losing the first game of the double-header, the team bounced back to win the second.
Contemporary Examples

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Historical Examples

Jimmy Crow Edith Francis Foster
Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
The Sick-a-Bed Lady Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle

when postpositive, foll by with. vigorous and robust (esp in the phrase a bouncing baby)
(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

Energy; vitality; piss and vinegar, pizzazz •Perhaps fr a 1930s term for a lively jazz tempo: more bounce to the ounce (1940s+)
Aprisonsentence: You’re going down as an accessory to assault and battery, a serious bounce (1950s+ Underworld)
(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+)

To expel; throw out: When he started swearing, they bounced him (1870s+)
To discharge or dismiss; fire (1880s+)
To be rejected for lack of funds in the bank: His checks never bounce (1920s+)
To intimidate; bully; roust •Esp police use: And I’ll want to bounce this Nadine kid, see what she has to say (1600s+)

bounce around
bounce back


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