Part of speech:
It's both transitive ("it jounced us")
and intransitive ("we jounced around.")
When someone or something jounces, it moves all around in a jolting, bouncing way.
Jouncy, jouncier, jounciest.
"Jounce" is also a noun. It's the movement, as in "The jounce spilled our drinks."
How to use it:
Use "jounce" instead of "bounce," "bump," "shake," or "jolt" when you prefer a more colorful, unusual word. It often describes the movement of vehicles, but anyone and anything can jounce, literally or figuratively.
You might jounce on the bus, jounce around your kitchen when you get good news, or feel your car jouncing its way over a poorly paved road.
Prices, thoughts, ideas, opinions, and so on can jounce, jounce around, jounce along, jounce over something, jounce through something, jounce up and down, etc. And something or someone can jounce something or someone: "The new ideas jounced him from his long-held position."
As the taxiing plane started to jounce us in our seats, the rocking and bumping instantly put our baby girl to sleep.
She basically spent her entire childhood and teenage years being brainwashed by cult ideas, so don't expect anything to jounce her out of them now.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "jounce" means when you can explain it without saying “bump" or "heave."
Think of the last time your mind was full of exciting or scary thoughts, and fill in the blanks: "_____ jounced through my mind as _____."
Example: "Possibilities jounced through my mind as I stared at the blank canvas--a huge, empty, white wall in our house."
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Playing With Words:
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Answer: These species of birds live on Mauna Kea.
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This capital city’s name is French for “red stick,” a reference to a pole marking the boundaries of hunting grounds that explorers in the area discovered. What city is it?
A Point Well Made:
Mark Twain: "Substantially all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources."
1. The opposite of JOUNCE could be
2. The jouncing crowd at the concert _____.
A. exuded pure excitement
B. kept checking their phones
C. sat in still, reverent anticipation
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