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.
Recent Examples on the Web The return of weddings, concerts, and indoor events has created a new job: the COVID bouncer. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 16 Oct. 2021 Imagine the bouncer outside a bar is giving off sketchy vibes. Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2021 After Jose Abreu’s tie-breaking RBI single put runners on the corners with none out, Grandal hit a bouncer to Yuli Gurriel at first. Jay Cohen, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Oct. 2021 Ruben Sierra guarded right field that year, and Pete Incaviglia was the bouncer in left. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 30 June 2021 The first was a sailed breaking ball that Severino stood up to try and catch and had go off his glove, and the second was a bouncer that Severino tried to backhand in front of him instead of block. Jon Meoli,, 25 May 2021 Instead, that officer — or bouncer, or liquor store clerk — should have to scan your digital license with a gadget of their own that requests the proper information from your phone, or from the entity that issued that ID in the first place. Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2021 In the video, Kermit stands on the bouncer, hovering over the toy's seat. Kelli Bender,, 7 Oct. 2021 On a bouncer from Baddoo, Anderson dashed across the infield and made an off-balanced throw to Grandal at home. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 21 Sep. 2021

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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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21 Nov 2021

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“Bouncer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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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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