bounc·​er | \ ˈbau̇n(t)-sər How to pronounce bouncer (audio) \

Definition of bouncer

: one that bounces: such as
a : one employed to restrain or eject disorderly persons
b : a bouncing ground ball

Examples of bouncer in a Sentence

The batter hit a bouncer to the shortstop.

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Cory Gearrin used a lulling pace and a perfect slider to escape a bases-loaded, one-out situation on a stunning 1-2-3 double play where Eduardo Nunez stopped running after the first out was made at home on his slow bouncer up the first-base line. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners lose first game of season on pinch-hit home run in ninth inning," 29 Mar. 2019 The plaintiffs also want paid bouncers at every fraternity event and party for crowd control and nondiscriminatory event admission. Dave Collins, The Seattle Times, "Students sue to open Yale fraternities to women," 12 Feb. 2019 The flirty banter of this good-looking bouncer couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "After 10 Years of Dating in New York, This Is What I’ve Learned," 11 Feb. 2019 Viggo Mortensen plays Frank Anthony Vallelonga, better known as Tony Lip, an Italian-American bouncer from the Bronx. The Seattle Times, "4 movies open the day before Thanksgiving in the Seattle area," 20 Nov. 2018 Police say two men on a motorcycle were aiming for a bar bouncer who was at the same restaurant. CBS News, "American woman killed in Mexico after U.S. issues travel warnings," 11 July 2018 The handsome doorman with a headset serves more as traffic cop than bouncer, funneling in the clusters of boys in an efficient and friendly manner. Brian Sloan, New York Times, "A (Mostly) Gay, Celebrity-Filled Party Returns to the Bowery," 3 July 2018 In 1995, Barb was divorced with two children when a friend invited her to a birthday party at Alibis, a country-and-western dance bar in Rogers, Ark., where Brian was a bouncer. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "‘I Was Hoping to Be Retired’: The Cost of Supporting Parents and Adult Children," 16 Nov. 2018 Sean Adler, 48 Debbie Nieser, a childhood friend of Sean Adler, told The Baltimore Sun the 48-year-old worked as a bouncer for the bar. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Thousand Oaks Shooting Victims Are Being Remembered by Friends and Family," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of bouncer

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bouncer was in 1865

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English Language Learners Definition of bouncer

: a person whose job is to force anyone who causes a problem in a bar, nightclub, etc., to leave that place
: a ball that bounces on the ground

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