from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To rebound after having struck an object or a surface.
  • intransitive verb To move jerkily; bump.
  • intransitive verb To bound.
  • intransitive verb To be sent back by a bank as valueless.
  • intransitive verb Computers To be sent back by a mail server as undeliverable.
  • intransitive verb Baseball To hit a ground ball to an infielder.
  • intransitive verb To cause to strike an object or a surface and rebound.
  • intransitive verb To present or propose for comment or approval. Often used with off:
  • intransitive verb To expel by force.
  • intransitive verb To dismiss from employment. synonym: dismiss.
  • intransitive verb To write (a check) on an overdrawn bank account.
  • noun A rebound, as of a ball from the ground.
  • noun A sudden bound or upward movement.
  • noun The capacity to rebound; spring.
  • noun A sudden increase.
  • noun Cheerfulness or liveliness.
  • noun Slang Expulsion; dismissal.
  • noun Chiefly British Loud, arrogant speech; bluster.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • With a bounce; suddenly.
  • noun A sudden spring or leap.
  • noun A bound or rebound: as, you must strike the ball on the bounce.
  • noun A heavy blow, thrust, or thump.
  • noun A loud heavy sound, as of an explosion; a sudden crack or noise.
  • noun A boast; a piece of brag or bluster; boastful language; exaggeration.
  • noun A bold or impudent lie; a downright falsehood; a bouncer.
  • noun Expulsion; discharge; dismissal.
  • noun [Perhaps of diff. origin.] A local English name of the dogfish or shark, Scylliorhinus catulus.
  • To beat; thump; knock; bang.
  • To cause to bound or spring: as, to bounce a ball.
  • To eject or turn out without ceremony; expel vigorously; hence, to dismiss or discharge summarily, as from one's employment or post.
  • To beat hard or thump, so as to make a sudden noise.
  • To spring or leap against anything, so as to rebound; beat or thump by a spring; spring up with a rebound.
  • To leap or spring; come or go unceremoniously.
  • To boast or bluster; exaggerate; lie.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To drive against anything suddenly and violently; to bump; to thump.
  • transitive verb To cause to bound or rebound; sometimes, to toss.
  • transitive verb Collog. U. S. To eject violently, as from a room; to discharge unceremoniously, as from employment.
  • transitive verb Collog. To bully; to scold.
  • intransitive verb To strike or thump, so as to rebound, or to make a sudden noise; a knock loudly.
  • intransitive verb To leap or spring suddenly or unceremoniously; to bound.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To boast; to talk big; to bluster.
  • noun A sudden leap or bound; a rebound.
  • noun A heavy, sudden, and often noisy, blow or thump.
  • noun obsolete An explosion, or the noise of one.
  • noun Bluster; brag; untruthful boasting; audacious exaggeration; an impudent lie; a bouncer.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A dogfish of Europe (Scyllium catulus).
  • adverb With a sudden leap; suddenly.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably from Middle English bounsen, to beat.]


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