Word of the Day: bounce

Word of the Day
May 11, 2016
bounce (verb, noun)
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Being able to bounce a ball is an essential skill in basketball.
Bounce means 'to hit a surface and rebound, or go back,' as balls usually do. It can also mean 'to move or walk in a happy and lively way.' If we say that a check bounces, it means that the payment has been refused because there is not enough money in someone's account. As a slang term, it means 'to expel or dismiss someone.' As a noun, a bounce is a rebound or the ability of an object to rebound. It is also used as a synonym for 'energy' and 'vitality.'


Example sentences
The tennis ball went over the net and bounced once before Audrey hit it.
Joe woke up in a great mood and bounced downstairs to the kitchen.
I was sure I had enough money in my account to pay the rent, but the landlord just told me that my check bounced!
Security guards bounced the troublemaker out of the concert venue.
The little girl was enjoying playing on the trampoline; she was going higher with every bounce.
This ball has a lot of bounce; if you drop it on the ground it shoots up high in the air.
Our dog is normally keen to get outside and run around and play, but lately he seems to have lost his bounce.


Multi-word forms
bounce back: recover from an illness or failure. Example: "The athlete lost all her races in the 2008 Olympics, but in 2012, she bounced back and won nearly everything."
bounce off the walls: have too much nervous energy, be overexcited. Example: "All the children at the party have been eating sugary snacks and now they're bouncing off the walls!"
Did you know?
Bounce can also be used to say that an email has been returned to the sender, perhaps because the address was wrong or because there was a problem with the recipient's email account. If this happens to you, you can call the person and say "Hey, I keep trying to email you, but all my messages bounced!"
Other forms
bounceable (adjective), bounceably (adverb)
Bounce dates back to the late 12th or early 13th century. It comes from the Middle English word buncin or bounsen, a variant of bunkin, and it seems to be a cognate with the Dutch word bonken, meaning 'to thump or belabor' or bonzen, meaning 'to knock or bump.'
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