spongy

adjective
\ 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

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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 Under normal circumstances, death rapidly ushers in a period of tissue breakdown. Fatty, spongy organs such as the brain, which is , are among the first to go. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Super Resilient Protein Structures Preserved a Chunk of Brain for 2,600 Years," 9 Jan. 2020 Yet so do sea otters, fish and even some insects, such as ants that sop up honey in spongy matter. Ben Guarino, Anchorage Daily News, "Video shows a puffin in Iceland using a tool to scratch an itch," 30 Dec. 2019 With their irresistible crunch, the churros were the opposite of sufganiyot, the spongy jelly doughnut popularized with the creation of the state of Israel. Joan Nathan, New York Times, "The Golden Crunch of Churros for Hanukkah," 10 Dec. 2019 In Gilboa, forests had once grown thick with Eospermatopteris, a genus of plants resembling modern tree ferns with fronds in place of leaves and hollow, spongy trunks. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The World’s Oldest Forest Has 385-Million-Year-Old Tree Roots," 20 Dec. 2019 Oregon dedicates its new stadium, Hayward Field, and then wins 9-0 on the new damp, spongy turf in front of a capacity crowd of 9,000. oregonlive, "Civil War football history: The Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers’ 122 meetings, game by game," 25 Nov. 2019 Having told his story, Askoak left the meeting and flew home in a rattling bush plane above a tangle of streams and spongy tundra. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Alaska’s Law Enforcement Crisis," 29 Oct. 2019 Usually that fuel-saving mode for engine and transmission performance is a no-go for its maddeningly spongy throttle response. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2020 Hyundai Palisade: move-in ready at $50,000," 19 Oct. 2019 With their irresistible crunch, the churros were the opposite of sufganiyot, the spongy jelly doughnut popularized with the creation of the state of Israel. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "The golden crunch of Churros for Hanukkah," 13 Dec. 2019

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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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15 Jan 2020

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“Spongy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spongy. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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spongy

adjective
How to pronounce spongy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of spongy

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

spongy

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

Kids Definition of spongy

: springy and absorbent spongy ground

spongy

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

Medical Definition of spongy

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

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sponginess noun

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