\ ˈjau̇n(t)s How to pronounce jounce (audio) \
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

Verb a rickety cart jouncing as it was being pulled over the cobblestoned streets her head jounced as the horse began to gallop Noun we felt a definite jounce every time the car hit a pothole
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tailbone pain sometimes can arise after sitting on a hard surface for a long time, or sitting on an ill-fitting or jouncing seat. Mayo Clinic,, "Tailbone pain often goes away without medical treatment," 19 Aug. 2019 But as the bus jounced along and the woman in the suit sat primly with her satchel in her lap, Magdalena changed her mind. Stephanie Green,, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Host Mother," 20 July 2019 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 The affected vehicles have a front brake jounce hose that can rupture and lead to brake fluid leaking, ultimately possibly causing longer brake-pedal travel and increasing the risk of a crash. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Ford Recalls 500,000 Edge, Lincoln MKX Crossovers for Brake Issue," 12 Aug. 2020 Going a step further, secondary Fox hydraulic jounce dampers—heavy-duty, short-stroke shock absorbers common on off-road racing vehicles—take the place of the front bump stops to help prevent the suspension from bottoming out. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave Leads Jeep to a New Sandbox," 17 Apr. 2020 Joe DeAngelo was thick-muscled and dough-faced, with an odd jounce to his gait. Tribune News Service,, "The Man in the Window: Is this the childhood of a serial killer? (Part One)," 22 June 2019 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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“Jounce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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\ ˈjau̇ns How to pronounce jounce (audio) \
jounced; jouncing

Kids Definition of jounce

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

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