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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The coupon can be used on baby gear, including a new car seat, car seat base, travel system, stroller or select baby home gear, such as playards, high chairs, swings, rockers and bouncers. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Walmart and Target hosting car seat recycling events in September. What you need to know.," 18 Jan. 2019 The count went full on Bichette, who fouled off a pitch before hitting a bouncer to Toro. Fox News, "Houston Astros' Justin Verlander pitches 3rd career no-hitter," 2 Sep. 2019 During the trial he was described as having acting aspirations and working as an air conditioning repairman and Hollywood nightclub bouncer at the time of the attacks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man dubbed ‘Boy Next Door Killer’ found sane by jury," 22 Aug. 2019 Pavel Florin gets backing from Shane Warne A race to be fit Scans later showed no fracture to Smith's arm but the 92mph bouncer that cannoned into the Australian's neck turned out to have had a more lasting effect. Ben Morse, CNN, "Steve Smith's concussion raises troubling memories for Australian cricket," 19 Aug. 2019 After Pacaccio’s death, Gargiulo moved to Los Angeles and worked as a bouncer at the Rainbow Bar & Grill. Christine Pelisek,, "'Hollywood Ripper' Michael Gargiulo Convicted of Killing 2 Women Weeks After Ashton Kutcher Testifies," 15 Aug. 2019 The bouncer outside just shook his head at my friends’ borrowed ID. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Cubbyhole Is the One New York Bar I Always Return To," 17 June 2019 The group also tried to get into a pregame party at a nearby bar but was turned away by bouncers. Anne M. Peterson,, "MLS teams navigate new ‘no political display’ policy," 10 Aug. 2019 Some anglers are working near-shore waters while drifting or slowly trolling with their bottom bouncer rigs swimming just off the bottom of the lake. D'arcy Egan,, "Lake Erie walleye on the move, but trophy fish still being caught: Aug. 9 Fishing Report," 9 Aug. 2019

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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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