Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Entry: jounce (v.)


In context: "...the excessive speed of the northbound bus made it jounce godawfully..."

Definition: intr. To move violently up and down, to fall heavily against something; to bump, bounce, jolt; to go along with a heavy jolting pace.


Other: This is sort of a neat subscript to the entry:

Etymology:  Of obscure origin: it has been compared to jaunce v., which it partly approaches in use, but with which it can scarcely be phonetically connected. Several words in -ounce, as bounce, flounce, pounce, trounce, are of obscure history.

SNOOT score: 1

Page: 576

Source: Oxford English Dictionary

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