Definition of bouncer in English:



  • 1A person employed by a nightclub or similar establishment to prevent troublemakers and other unwanted people entering or to eject them from the premises.

    • ‘He took courses in the field, then worked as a nightclub bouncer and a bodyguard.’
    • ‘She had also worked in a wine bar, cleaned her sister's house and earned extra money as a nightclub bouncer.’
    • ‘They could be mistaken for couple of nightclub bouncers, such is their sheer presence.’
    • ‘A security firm owner who provides bouncers to a nightclub claims no underage drinkers get in when his staff are on duty.’
    • ‘As no bouncers were employed at our next pub, we walked in with ease, sat for a while and enjoyed some live music.’
    • ‘Whilst employed as a bouncer he was instructed to forcefully eject an unruly customer who refused to wear a formal shirt.’
    • ‘He was employed as a bouncer by another company, which was hired by the hotel's management.’
    • ‘The security company that employs unlicensed bouncers and the licensee of any premises allowing them to work could both be prosecuted under the new rules.’
    • ‘In this hilarious parody of the contemporary nightclub scene, four bouncers portray over 30 different characters.’
    • ‘All three were said to have been put out of the premises by bouncers.’
    • ‘Those included selling ice cream and working as a nightclub bouncer.’
    • ‘In the future, similar initiatives could be extended to nightclub bouncers, pub and bar licensees, headteachers and neighbourhood watch representatives.’
    • ‘Yet on a night out to celebrate promotion, the Frenchman was cautioned after an alleged altercation with a nightclub bouncer, before being released without charge.’
    • ‘If a passenger dropped litter he was ejected by the bouncers.’
    • ‘Charles (not his real name) is a bouncer at a popular nightclub in town.’
    • ‘The nurse was studying for a law degree four days a week and working at a wine bar and at a nightclub as a bouncer.’
    • ‘People in the audience will go to nightclubs and know what bouncers are like, so the cast needs to look real.’
    • ‘A football star has been arrested at a nightspot following an alleged incident involving a nightclub bouncer.’
    • ‘The victim managed to walk up to the doors of a nearby nightclub where a bouncer called the emergency services.’
    • ‘I had another chance to observe him when a bouncer from the nightclub across the street politely asked the teens to escort me around the corner to avoid attracting attention.’
    sentry, sentinel, security guard, nightwatchman
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  • 2Cricket
    A ball bowled fast and short so as to rise high after pitching.

    • ‘During his stint with Somerset, he was repeatedly beaten by fast bouncers from an enthusiastic bowler.’
    • ‘Already deprived of seeing the injured Sachin Tendulkar in action, the crowd gave vent to their anger in the late afternoon, booing optimistic Australian appeals and hooting each time a bouncer was bowled.’
    • ‘They were willing to bang the ball in, bowl a few bouncers to keep the batsmen quiet and have them in trouble.’
    • ‘They are not afraid to bowl their quota of bouncers, with two men back for the hook shot and a couple of close fielders ready to enjoy the scraps of a defensive or pensive straighter bat.’
    • ‘Well, we wish the couple a splendid lifetime innings on a firm pitch with no bouncers, curved balls or googlies, and potjies full of happiness.’
    • ‘Foolishly, in the course of the innings, one of England's pace bowlers bowled Lillee a bouncer.’
    • ‘You want me to believe that all these years people have not bowled bouncers to me and they're doing it now?’
    • ‘Unsurprisingly, faced with a resolute batsman Gilchrist was not sparing with bouncers or the occasional beamer.’
    • ‘It is like a fast bowler being told he can't bowl a bouncer.’
    • ‘Balls are still bowled at the body, but bouncers are limited to two an over and the batsmen wear face guards.’
    • ‘The showman was back strutting his stuff, bowling bouncers and yorkers and embarking on the wildest celebrations seen since Pete Townsend starting re-arranging guitars.’
    • ‘Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath were quickly into their stride, sprinkling bouncers judiciously into some careful line-and-length bowling.’
    • ‘Is he exempt if he damages a tail-end batsman when bowling a bouncer at their heads?’
    • ‘As for the bouncer, the fast bowler's ultimate weapon in many ways, you generally keep a little bit in reserve.’
    • ‘Warne even bowled him a bouncer yesterday in mock annoyance.’
    • ‘And the bouncers he bowled to Gayle in the afternoon were about as threatening as wet tennis balls thrown at you by an ageing coach with an arthritic shoulder.’
    • ‘And one of these days a captain will spot that the new bouncer rule brings short leg back into the realms of possibility.’
    • ‘If he were a batsman, you could bowl him a succession of bouncers and he'd be unlikely to come down the pitch angrily pointing his bat at you.’
    • ‘Next ball, Jones retaliates with a bouncer, which hits McGrath's glove and loops towards Geraint Jones.’
    • ‘Pathan swung the ball both ways, and also used the bouncer at the body to great effect.’