\ 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


flabby, mushy, pulpy, soft, squashy, squishy, squooshy


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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Tropical rainforests and peatlands — wetland ecosystems that contain peat, a spongy, organic material formed by partially decayed plants — store huge amounts of carbon. Nithin Coca, Vox, "The most important country for the global climate no one is talking about," 6 Dec. 2018 This makes the strange, spongy material incredibly soft with high rates of energy absorption. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "How To Find the Perfect Pillow and Finally Get a Good Night's Sleep," 3 Oct. 2018 But some of your baby pumpkins are getting spongy and gross! Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Keep Pumpkins From Rotting and Ruining Everything You Love About Fall," 23 Aug. 2018 Early tests of certain deli items made with celery juice powder yielded meat with a spongy texture. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Anyone for Diglycerides? Anyone? Food Scientists Are Getting Fed Up With Picky Eaters," 12 Oct. 2018 Dragon fruit, which boasts a spongy flesh speckled with tiny black seeds and a kiwilike flavor, is one example. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "How to take your fruit salad from boring to brilliant," 17 July 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of spongy

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


\ ˈspən-jē \
spongier; spongiest

Kids Definition of spongy

: springy and absorbent spongy ground


\ 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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