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

  • intransitive v. To rebound after having struck an object or a surface.
  • intransitive v. To move jerkily; bump: The car bounced over the potholes.
  • intransitive v. To bound: children bouncing into the room.
  • intransitive v. To be sent back by a bank as valueless: a check that bounced.
  • intransitive v. Baseball To hit a ground ball to an infielder: The batter bounced out to the shortstop.
  • transitive v. To cause to strike an object or a surface and rebound: bounce a ball on the sidewalk.
  • transitive v. To present or propose for comment or approval. Often used with off: bounced a few ideas off my boss.
  • transitive v. Slang To expel by force.
  • transitive v. Slang To dismiss from employment. See Synonyms at dismiss.
  • transitive v. To write (a check) on an overdrawn bank account.
  • n. A rebound.
  • n. A sudden bound, spring, or leap.
  • n. The capacity to rebound; spring: a ball with bounce.
  • n. Spirit; liveliness.
  • n. Slang Expulsion; dismissal.
  • n. Chiefly British Loud, arrogant speech; bluster.
  • bounce back To recover quickly, as from a setback: The patient bounced back to good health.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To change the direction of motion after hitting an obstacle.
  • v. To move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly.
  • v. To cause to move quickly up and then down, or vice versa, once or repeatedly.
  • v. To be refused by a bank because it is drawn on insufficient funds.
  • v. To fail to cover (have sufficient funds for) (a draft presented against one's account).
  • v. To leave.
  • v. (sometimes employing the preposition with) To have sexual intercourse.
  • v. To attack unexpectedly.
  • v. To turn power off and back on; to reset
  • v. To return undelivered.
  • v. To land hard and lift off again due to excess momentum.
  • n. A change of direction of motion after hitting the ground or an obstacle.
  • n. A movement up and then down (or vice versa), once or repeatedly.
  • n. An email return with any error.
  • n. The sack, licensing
  • n. A bang, boom
  • n. A genre of New Orleans music.
  • n. Drugs.
  • n. Swagger.
  • n. A 'good' beat.
  • n. A talent for leaping.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • With a bounce; suddenly.
  • n. A sudden spring or leap.
  • n. A bound or rebound: as, you must strike the ball on the bounce.
  • n. A heavy blow, thrust, or thump.
  • n. A loud heavy sound, as of an explosion; a sudden crack or noise.
  • n. A boast; a piece of brag or bluster; boastful language; exaggeration.
  • n. A bold or impudent lie; a downright falsehood; a bouncer.
  • n. Expulsion; discharge; dismissal.
  • n. [Perhaps of diff. origin.] A local English name of the dogfish or shark, Scylliorhinus catulus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. move up and down repeatedly
  • n. a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
  • v. spring back; spring away from an impact
  • n. the quality of a substance that is able to rebound
  • v. refuse to accept and send back
  • v. come back after being refused
  • n. rebounding from an impact (or series of impacts)
  • v. eject from the premises
  • v. hit something so that it bounces
  • v. leap suddenly


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

Probably from Middle English bounsen, to beat.


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