bounc·​er ˈbau̇n(t)-sər How to pronounce bouncer (audio)
: one that bounces: such as
: one employed to restrain or eject disorderly persons
: a bouncing ground ball

Example Sentences

The batter hit a bouncer to the shortstop.
Recent Examples on the Web Daniel Pacella, whose solo homer had given Illinois State a 5-3 lead in the fifth, followed with a bouncer to shortstop John Bolton. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 2 Mar. 2023 With runners on the corners following a Matt Duffy single, Luis Rengifo hit a hard bouncer to first. Dallas News, 25 May 2022 Dermis García followed with a bouncer up the middle that Corey Seager couldn’t field on the move, allowing the go-ahead run to score. Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2022 At the door, a hulking bouncer warns people not to snort their pills in the parking lot. Faith Karimi, CNN, 3 Feb. 2023 Two-time governor Wally Hickel was a bouncer and boxer who famously arrived in Alaska with just 37 cents in his pocket. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Jan. 2023 The actress shared other family holiday photos on her Instagram Story, including one snap where Moore sat with Ozzie while Gus opened his presents and a picture of Ozzie in a baby bouncer. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 27 Jan. 2023 Tár is in a blood feud with Berghain bouncer Sven Marquardt. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 3 Nov. 2022 Gionet made a name for himself by performing on-camera stunts including ripping down a menorah and Hanukkah sign in Arizona and spraying a bouncer with pepper gel after he was ejected from a nightclub. Will Carless, USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bouncer was in 1865

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Cite this Entry

“Bouncer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


bounc·​er ˈbau̇n(t)-sər How to pronounce bouncer (audio)
: one that bounces
especially : someone employed in a public place to remove troublemakers
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