springy

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spring +‎ -y

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springy (comparative springier, superlative springiest)

  1. That returns rapidly to its original form (as a spring does) after being bent, compressed, stretched, etc.
    The soft peat was springy under her feet.
    • 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, Part 5
      We had now reach'd the closest point of union; but when he backened to come on the fiercer, as if I had been actuated by a fear of losing him, in the height of my fury I twisted my legs round his naked loins, the flesh of which, so firm, so springy to the touch, quiver'd again under the pressure

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