spongier; spongiest
: resembling a sponge:
: soft and full of cavities
spongy ice
: elastic, porous, and absorbent
: not firm or solid
: being in the form of a metallic sponge
spongy iron
: moist and soft like a sponge full of water
a spongy moor
sponginess noun

Examples of spongy in a Sentence

spongy moss covered the ground generously pour the brandy over the cake, which is so spongy that it will absorb most of the liquid
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of spongy was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Spongy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spongy. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


spongier; spongiest
: resembling a sponge in appearance or in ability to absorb : soft and full of holes or moisture
sponginess noun

Medical Definition


spongier; spongiest
: resembling a sponge
especially : full of cavities : cancellous
spongy bone
sponginess noun

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