\ ˈspriŋ-ē How to pronounce springy (audio) \
springier; springiest

Definition of springy

1 : having an elastic quality : resilient green springy wood
2 : having or showing a lively and energetic movement walks with a springy step

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Other Words from springy

springily \ ˈspriŋ-​ə-​lē How to pronounce springily (audio) \ adverb
springiness \ ˈspriŋ-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce springiness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for springy

elastic, resilient, springy, flexible, supple mean able to endure strain without being permanently injured. elastic implies the property of resisting deformation by stretching. an elastic waistband resilient implies the ability to recover shape quickly when the deforming force or pressure is removed. a resilient innersole springy stresses both the ease with which something yields to pressure and the quickness of its return to original shape. the cake is done when the top is springy flexible applies to something which may or may not be resilient or elastic but which can be bent or folded without breaking. flexible plastic tubing supple applies to something that can be readily bent, twisted, or folded without any sign of injury. supple leather

Examples of springy in a Sentence

He walks with a springy step. pillows made with springy foam that bounces right back

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This traditional 8-inch boot from Thorogood is comfortable enough for a day on your feet in the warehouse, and is made with a fiberglass shank, cushioned footbed, and springy outsole. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Work Boots for Any Type of Job," 2 Aug. 2019 The 6-foot-10 Motley appeared in 22 games with the Clippers last season while playing on a two-way contract that allowed the springy former Baylor big man to swing back and forth between the Clippers and their G League affiliate, in Ontario. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "Clippers bring back Johnathan Motley and add two others to training camp roster," 26 July 2019 Pour in the wine, cover with a lid, and bring to a boil over medium heat; then reduce the heat and simmer until the fish is just springy to a light, quick touch, 3 to 5 minutes. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Summer sauce: This fish dish highlights the season’s tomato harvest," 24 July 2019 Choose plain rice sheets (banh cuon Thanh Trì) to savor the purest expression of rice and gauge the cook’s craft (silky thin ones that are tender-springy are ideal). Andrea Nguyen, latimes.com, "Banh cuon 101: Everything you need to know about Vietnamese rice sheets," 19 June 2019 Designed in Switzerland, the men’s and women’s footwear has earned a loyal following because of the design's springy and spongy feel, an asset to those who stand all day at work, according to the corporate website. Rene Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Swiss shoe designer opens 1st Michigan store in Birmingham," 3 July 2018 The knit was Japanese, dense and springy, and contained 1 percent polyurethane. Erin Griffith, New York Times, "A Unicorn Lost in the Valley, Evernote Blows Up the ‘Fail Fast’ Gospel," 28 June 2019 Tender eggplant is swathed in spicy miso, draped in springy pea tendrils, and sprinkled with bits of walnut for crunch and contrast. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "At Kamakura, dinner is part 10-course tone poem, part sake crash course," 18 June 2019 There are no trees and no brush, and the caribou mow down the springy tundra characteristic of the Aleutian Islands. Author: Paxson Woelber, Anchorage Daily News, "Trekking into the storm-battered, golden beauty of Adak Island," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of springy

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of springy

: returning to an original shape when pressed down, twisted, stretched, etc.
: having or showing lively and energetic movement


\ ˈspriŋ-ē How to pronounce springy (audio) \
springier; springiest

Kids Definition of springy

1 : able to return to an original shape when twisted or stretched a springy branch
2 : having or showing a lively and energetic movement He walks with a springy step.

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