springy

adjective \ ˈspriŋ-ē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of springy

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

springily

play \ˈspriŋ-ə-lē\ adverb

springiness

play \ˈspriŋ-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of springy in a Sentence

  1. He walks with a springy step.

  2. pillows made with springy foam that bounces right back

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First Known Use of springy

1660

Synonym Discussion of 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

SPRINGY Defined for English Language Learners

springy

adjective

Definition of springy for English Language Learners

  • : returning to an original shape when pressed down, twisted, stretched, etc.

  • : having or showing lively and energetic movement


SPRINGY Defined for Kids

springy

adjective \ ˈspriŋ-ē \

Definition of springy for Students

springier; springiest
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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