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

  • adj. Tending to bounce.
  • adj. Springy; elastic: clean, bouncy hair.
  • adj. Lively; energetic: bouncy tunes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Easily bounced
  • adj. Lively, exuberant, energetic

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. readily regaining its original shape or position after stretching, compression, or other deformation.
  • adj. showing a joyous enthusiasm. Opposite of dull.

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

  • adj. marked by lively action
  • adj. elastic; rebounds readily


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