\ˈjau̇n(t)s \
jounced; jouncing

Definition of jounce 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move in an up-and-down manner : bounce

transitive verb

: to cause to jounce



Definition of jounce (Entry 2 of 2)

: jolt

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Examples of jounce in a Sentence


a rickety cart jouncing as it was being pulled over the cobblestoned streets her head jounced as the horse began to gallop


we felt a definite jounce every time the car hit a pothole
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The frame shape and temple design must harmonize with your helmet lest the glasses jounce around or, worse, rub your skull wrong. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "8 New Riding Sunglasses for Summer," 13 June 2018 This band has a rare instrumentation — tenor saxophone, tuba, two drummers — and a relentless, jouncing sound anchored in rhythms of the Caribbean. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "With Sons of Kemet, Shabaka Hutchings Brings London Jazz Into the Spotlight," 28 Mar. 2018 On the album’s title tune, the bass line jounces from major to minor and then back again, as Mr. Mergia skates above it on organ and synthesizer and Fender Rhodes. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "An African Funk Pioneer Gets a Second Chance on a Global Stage," 20 Feb. 2018 Early mornings and midafternoons at Ranthambore see a restricted number of open-air vehicles shuttling tourists into the park to jounce along five dusty trail routes, each stretching a few miles. Christopher Smith, Orange County Register, "6 takeaways from a trip to complex, scenic, colorful India," 11 May 2017 The second EMT’s eyebrows were jouncing around unreadably. Elisabeth Egan,, "Algren Award finalist: "Errata" by Carol Keeley," 10 June 2017 That rickety bus bounced and jounced along dirt roads and pulled into an Arizona elementary school. Michael Powell, New York Times, "In Navajo Nation, a Basketball Elder Earns Respect," 1 Jan. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Its suspension is soft and tuned for compliance such that the Atlas absorbed the jolts and jounces of our rutted camp driveway better than any other. Jeff Sabatini, Car and Driver, "2017 Dodge Durango vs. 2017 GMC Acadia, 2017 Honda Pilot, 2017 Mazda CX-9, 2018 Volkswagen Atlas," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of jounce


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


circa 1787, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jounce


Middle English

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More Definitions for jounce


\ˈjau̇ns \
jounced; jouncing

Kids Definition of jounce

: to move, fall, or bounce so as to shake

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