Meaning of BOUNCE in English


I. ˈbau̇n(t) s verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English bounsen, probably of imitative origin

transitive verb

1. obsolete : beat , belabor


a. : to cause to rebound

bounce a ball off a wall

: cause to be reflected

bounce a light ray off a reflector

b. : to throw about : handle violently

3. chiefly Britain

a. : to bluff or bully with big talk

b. : scold , browbeat


a. : to discharge from a post or employ especially peremptorily and unceremoniously

the old mess sergeant had been bounced on recommendation of the mess officer — H.H.Arnold & I.C.Eaker

b. : to expel or eject especially precipitately from a room or place or from membership or participation

if the college would only bounce him for something that wasn't too much his fault — Theodore Morrison

intransitive verb

1. obsolete : to make a loud sudden noise : bang or knock loudly

2. : to strike and rebound

bouncing from rock to rock

the ball will hardly bounce at all

the car bounced all over the road

3. : to recover from a blow or a defeat quickly or vigorously — usually used with back


a. of a check : to be returned by a bank as no good (as because of lack of funds)

b. : recoil , boomerang

a tendency, which could bounce uncomfortably back on them, to come out and boldly blame the press for everything — Mollie Panter-Downes


a. : to leap or spring suddenly, violently, or noisily : bound

bounced into the room

bouncing on his seat with ecstasy

b. : to walk with springing steps

6. chiefly Britain : to talk big : bluster , swagger , boast

Synonyms: see dismiss

II. noun

( -s )

1. obsolete : a heavy sudden often noisy blow or thump ; also : the sound of an explosion : bang

2. : a sudden leap or bound : a rebound especially of a ball

3. : bluster , brag , swagger : an impudent lie or boast

4. : liveliness , resilience , verve

full of bounce and enthusiasm

5. slang : a peremptory discharge or expulsion

he got the bounce

6. : a pronounced beat characterizing a style of playing jazz usually in a medium or moderate tempo

III. transitive verb

1. : to write (a check) on an account having insufficient funds

2. : to present (as an idea) to another person in order to elicit helpful suggestions or to gain approval — usually used with off

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