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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbaʊn.sə/
- (General American) enPR: bounʹ-sər, IPA(key): /ˈboʊn.sɚ/
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- Rhymes: -aʊnsə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: boun‧cer
bouncer (plural bouncers)
- (informal) A member of security personnel employed by bars, nightclubs, etc to maintain order and deal with patrons who cause trouble.
- 2010, Peter Corris, Torn Apart, Allen and Unwin, page 117:
- At 199 centimetres and a hundred kilos going up, he was scary big and he found work as a bouncer and enforcer[.]
- Synonyms: doorman, chucker-out
- (cricket) A short-pitched ball that bounces up towards, or above the height of the batsman’s head.
- Synonym: bumper
- (Internet) An account or server (as with IRC and FTP) that invisibly redirects requests to another, used for anonymity or vanity.
- Synonym: BNC
- (dated) One who bounces; a large, heavy person who makes much noise in moving.
- (slang, archaic) A boaster; a bully.
- Something big; a good stout example of the kind.
- Synonym: whopper
- 1842, Thomas De Quincey, Modern Greece (published in Blackwood's Magazine)
- The stone must be a bouncer.
- (slang, archaic) A bold lie.
- Synonym: whopper
- 1877, W. S. Gilbert, Engaged in Original Plays, Second Series, Chatto & Windus, London, 1899, page 83:
- "… when he wants to accomplish his purpose, he does not hesitate to invent—I am not quite sure of the word, but I think it is “bouncers.”
- (slang, archaic) A liar.
- 1833, [Frederick Marryat], chapter XII, in Peter Simple. […], volume II, London: Saunders and Otley, […], published 1834, OCLC 27694940, page 190:
- "Why, I'll tell you, Mr. Simple; he's a good tempered, kind fellow enough, but—" / "But what?" / "Such a bouncer!!" / "How do you mean? He's not a very stout man." / "Bless you, Mr. Simple, why don't you understand English. I mean that he's the greatest liar that ever walked a deck. […]"
- A bouncy castle.
- A kind of seat mounted in a framework in which a baby can bounce up and down.
- 2019, Kevin Barry, Night Boat to Tangier, New York: Doubleday, →ISBN, page 82–83:
- He shook his head and took up the child—Dilly kicked out her feet in tiny electric jolts to the full stretch of the Babygro. […] He put the child in the bouncer again.
member of security personnel
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