One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Like a sponge, especially in being porous, compressible, or absorbent.‘a soft, spongy blanket of moss’
soft, cushiony, cushioned, squashy, compressible, yieldingView synonyms
- ‘They have a spongy quality without precise texture and there is a sense that one can penetrate more or less deeply into them.’
- ‘Tony, an avid collector of spongy penguins given out at various Linux events, now thinks computers were created by penguins, or vice versa.’
- ‘On the ground, climbing fern creates tough, spongy mats that can easily smother grasses, low-growing shrubs, and small trees.’
- ‘In a spongey, leather-clad Renault, this system feels thrillingly futurist.’
- ‘We hated her and wanted to crush her enormous spongey costume under our broken feet.’
- ‘Prions deposit plaque that kills brain cells, leaving spongy holes in the brain.’
- ‘They wanted to disentangle themselves from the soft, spongy webs that had grown around them and the way they went about it was very silly.’
- ‘The clafoutis was still warm, with a thin spongey surface over juicy cherries and a thicker batter base.’
- ‘Besides the fact that I've been drowned thoroughly in PMS, my neck glands are up (having a spongey, swollen double chin does nothing to improve my demeanor).’
- ‘Fashion-wise there were two principal groups: the teddy boys - drape-style suits, suede shoes with thick spongy soles, coloured shirts and bootlace ties; and the Millets - rollneck sweaters and jeans.’
- ‘What's more, the fern can form tough, spongy mats on the ground.’
- ‘The bread in the supermarket here is spongey sweet white bread cut in about 10 cm thick slices.’
- ‘I take a really soft, spongy ball, and I toss it to the first girl.’
- ‘The flavour was essence of crab, the texture, like a soft, moist spongey doughnut - very different and entirely delicious.’
- ‘So of course, we cut people up, we find organs, we cut them up, and there are veins, and wobbly bits, and spongy parts that go squelch when you poke them.’
- 1.1 (of metal) having an open, porous structure.‘spongy platinum’
- 1.2 (chiefly of a motor vehicle's braking system) lacking firmness.
- ‘There's so much torque, but I wasn't sure about the brakes; they were a bit spongey.’
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