spongy

adjective
\ˈspən-jē \
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

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Other Words from spongy

sponginess noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for spongy

Synonyms

flabby, mushy, pulpy, soft, squashy, squishy

Antonyms

firm, hard, solid

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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

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Sedum, that spongy, low-growing succulent, is favored by many green roofers in the Northeast for its short roots and drought-resistant properties. Michelle Higgins, New York Times, "The Living Roof Takes Root," 26 June 2018 Bone marrow is soft, spongy tissue that resides inside many bones. Ron Winslow, WSJ, "New Promise for Bone-Marrow Transplants," 28 May 2018 The men’s and women’s footwear has earned a loyal following because of the designs’ springy and spongy feel, an asset to those who stand all day at work, according to the corporate website. Rene Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Kybun Joya Shoes, sports collectibles, sushi, whiskey fill downtowns," 9 July 2018 There’s nobody else in here, just me and my spongy slice — crisp crust, squishy center, cheese burbling up like browned lava. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "How to eat like a local in the North End," 3 July 2018 The spongy British treats, often served with tea, are moist, so producers use carbon dioxide in packaging to give them a shelf life of about a week. Amie Tsang, New York Times, "U.K. Fears for Its Beer and Crumpets. Blame a Carbon Dioxide Shortage.," 29 June 2018 When the paddy fields dry, the clay soil is soft and spongy, a comfortable surface that eliminates end-of- day pain and fatigue. Rene Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Kybun Joya Shoes, sports collectibles, sushi, whiskey fill downtowns," 9 July 2018 With a 42-horsepower motor, super-spongy shocks, and Brembo brakes that bite, riding one feels like sitting on an eager puppy: Everything is about bounding forward, being playful and feeling energetic. Fortune, "This Alta Motorcycle Hints at Harley-Davidson’s Electric Future," 5 June 2018 The finished mats are spongier and more resistant than cardboard, helping to protect people from the effects of lying on the cold, hard ground. Asia London Palomba, The Christian Science Monitor, "How these women crochet sleeping mats for homeless people out of plastic bags," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of spongy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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spongy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of spongy

: soft and full of holes or water : resembling a sponge

spongy

adjective
\ˈspən-jē \
spongier; spongiest

Kids Definition of spongy

: springy and absorbent spongy ground

spongy

adjective
\ˈspən-jē \
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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