- 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, “part 5”, in Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, London: G. Fenton, OCLC 13050889:
- 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
capable of returning to its original form