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American English: /baʊns/
British English: /baʊns/

Translation of bounce in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • 1 the ball went bouncing along the road
    la pelota salió dando botes por la calle
    the box was bouncing around on the back seat
    la caja iba dando tumbos en el asiento de atrás
    the child was bouncing up and down on the sofa
    el niño saltaba or daba brincos en el sofá
    to bounce off something
    rebotar contra algo
    the wrestler bounced off the ropes
    el luchador rebotó contra las cuerdas
    Example sentences
    • When one of the team members missed a shot, the ball bounced off the rim and came straight at her.
    • The ball bounced off the inside of the post, across the goal and was cleared to safety.
    • The ball bounced off his foot into the net.
    Example sentences
    • Rebecca jumped in the air bouncing up and down with excitement.
    • She was jumping around, bouncing from foot to foot.
    • She bounced on the springy seat, playing with the wire puzzle Cinnamon had bought for her.
  • 2 (move jauntily) (+ adverb complement) she bounced into the room
    entró a la habitación saltando or brincando or dando brincos
    Example sentences
    • He is bouncing around in a manner ill-befitting one who has recently consumed so much lager.
    • I like the company of other people and, as a performer, I am at my happiest when I'm bouncing around a stage that is very much shared.
    • Jenna stood in the doorway, looking overly happy and practically bouncing across the room to the end of the bed.
  • 3 (check) [colloquial]
    ser devuelto
    ser rechazado
    rebotar [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • So, if your monthly repayment is late or your cheque bounces because you don't have enough in your bank account, you'll be fined £25 or so.
    • He owed money, was in and out of overdraft and cheques had bounced.
    • Unfortunately, they receive a letter about a week later telling them the cheque has bounced.
  • 4
    also: bouncing present participle
    Example sentences
    • She was still bouncing her child lightly in an attempt to soothe her.
    • Sitting outside a group of tents closely placed together, she bounced a toddler on her knee.
    • Two of his daughters were there, laughing and carrying small children, and he was bouncing a third child on his knees.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1
    hacer rebotar
    darle botes a
    hacer picar (Latin America)
    (hacer) botar (Spain) (Mexico)
    she bounced the child on her knee
    le hacía (el) caballito al niño
    Example sentences
    • Even if a cheque cleared on a Wednesday, technically a bank could bounce that cheque up to mid-day on Thursday.
    • Today you're even more stressed because you're overdrawn and have to make a deposit by noon or your bank will bounce your mortgage payment.
    • Last month the bank bounced a cheque for a very large sum of money - the deposit on a house purchase.
    1.3 (Computing)
    Example sentences
    • Last night we got word from a reader that an email had bounced.
    • The non-yahoo e-mail bounced and I received no reply from the yahoo one for two weeks.
    • If the email bounces or is undeliverable, it is placed into the mail queue for later processing.
  • 2 (get rid of) (US) [colloquial]
    botar (Latin America excluding Río de la Plata) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • The bouncer very roughly bounced him out of the saloon.
    • We decided not to tolerate any more and eventually bounced her out.
    • They immediately bounced him out of the club.


  • 1 1.1 countable (action) he hit the ball on the bounce
    le dio a la pelota de rebote
    Example sentences
    • Apart from the fact that we got one or two bad bounces of the ball, there wasn't much between the sides.
    • Sometimes the ball gets 16 bounces before he reconciles himself to the idea of serving with it.
    • The game of wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as able bodied tennis except that a wheelchair player is allowed two bounces of the ball.
    Example sentences
    • Cassie jumped off her stage to land with an intimidating bounce.
    • I jumped on my bed, and landed with a satisfactory bounce, and just lay there - sprawled and tangled in my blankets.
    • Arthur was performed by the perennial Peter Pan of the company, Michael O'Hare, whose steps always have a bounce and energy about them.
    1.2 uncountable (springiness, vitality) the ball has no bounce left
    la pelota ya no rebota bien
    la pelota ya no bota bien (Spain) (Mexico)
    this shampoo puts the bounce back into your hair
    este champú les da nueva vida a sus cabellos
    she's full of bounce
    es una persona llena de vida
  • 2 (dismissal) (US) [colloquial]to give somebody the bounce
    poner a alguien de patitas en la calle [colloquial]
    botar a alguien (Latin America excluding Río de la Plata) [colloquial]

Phrasal verbs

bounce back

verb + adverb
(recover) [colloquial]
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