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From bounce +‎ -er.



bouncer (plural bouncers)

  1. (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
  2. (cricket) A short-pitched ball that bounces up towards, or above the height of the batsman’s head.
    Synonym: bumper
  3. (Internet) An account or server (as with IRC and FTP) that invisibly redirects requests to another, used for anonymity or vanity.
    Synonym: BNC
  4. (dated) One who bounces; a large, heavy person who makes much noise in moving.
  5. (slang, archaic) A boaster; a bully.
  6. 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.
  7. (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.”
  8. (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. []"
  9. A bouncy castle.
  10. 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.

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