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jounced; jouncing

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to cause to jounce


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: jolt

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
Recent Examples on the Web
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,, 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,, 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, 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, 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, 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, 11 May 2017 The second EMT’s eyebrows were jouncing around unreadably. Elisabeth Egan,, 10 June 2017 That rickety bus bounced and jounced along dirt roads and pulled into an Arizona elementary school. Michael Powell, New York Times, 1 Jan. 2017
Additional front and rear jounce dampers help absorb the load after landing sweet jumps, while new braces on the trailer hitch help increase the tow rating to 4500 pounds. Carlos Lago, Car and Driver, 24 Jan. 2022 For the first time, the Corvette has such stiff spring rates that helper springs are needed to maintain proper check load when the car is at full jounce. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 26 Oct. 2021 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, 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, 17 Apr. 2020 Joe DeAngelo was thick-muscled and dough-faced, with an odd jounce to his gait. Tribune News Service,, 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, 13 July 2017

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Word History



Middle English

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


circa 1787, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jounce was in the 15th century

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“Jounce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


jounced; jouncing
: to move or cause to move in an up-and-down manner
jounce noun

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