\ ˈspən-jē How to pronounce spongy (audio) \
spongier; spongiest

Definition of spongy

1 : resembling a sponge:
a : soft and full of cavities spongy ice
b : elastic, porous, and absorbent
2a : not firm or solid
b : being in the form of a metallic sponge spongy iron
3 : moist and soft like a sponge full of water a spongy moor

Other Words from spongy

sponginess noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The seating is topped with thick, spongy cushions that are offered in four colors: beige, blue, gray, and red. Daria Smith, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 May 2022 Like Ethiopian injera, kisra is both staple food and an edible utensil -- use pieces of the spongy bread to scoop up spicy bites of the hearty stews that are some of Sudan's most beloved foods. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 4 May 2022 The new and improved trays boast not only slimmer bodies but also spongy, multitiered plastic inserts that keep food in place with less waste than the old paper liners. Hannah Weinberger, Outside Online, 26 June 2014 Jason Kraling sank his fingers deep into the spongy soil on Mount Laguna Saturday and pulled out a fistful of dead leaves, brittle pine needles, shards of wood and rich brown soil. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Jan. 2022 The Entomological Society of America announced this week that the spongy moth as the new common name for the invasive species formerly known as the gypsy moth. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 4 Mar. 2022 Playing the violin without such bodily contact—resting it on a spongy cloth against the shoulder and forgoing jaw contact—yields an insipid experience. David George Haskell, Wired, 8 Mar. 2022 And each day their spongy interior, the marrow, churns out hundreds of billions of blood cells — which carry oxygen, fight infections and clot the blood in wounds — as well as other cells that make up cartilage and fat. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Mar. 2022 The track through the hilltop vineyard on the southeast tip of Sicily is slightly spongy under our feet, and the sponge a tad pungent. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of spongy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

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“Spongy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spongy. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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\ ˈspən-jē How to pronounce spongy (audio) \
spongier; spongiest

Kids Definition of spongy

: springy and absorbent spongy ground


\ ˈspən-jē How to pronounce spongy (audio) \
spongier; spongiest

Medical Definition of spongy

: resembling a sponge especially : full of cavities : cancellous spongy bone

Other Words from spongy

sponginess noun

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