Definition of spongy in English:


(also spongey)


  • 1Like a sponge, especially in being porous, compressible, or absorbent.

    ‘a soft, spongy blanket of moss’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘We hated her and wanted to crush her enormous spongey costume under our broken feet.’
    • ‘On the ground, climbing fern creates tough, spongy mats that can easily smother grasses, low-growing shrubs, and small trees.’
    • ‘What's more, the fern can form tough, spongy mats on the ground.’
    • ‘They have a spongy quality without precise texture and there is a sense that one can penetrate more or less deeply into them.’
    • ‘The bread in the supermarket here is spongey sweet white bread cut in about 10 cm thick slices.’
    • ‘In a spongey, leather-clad Renault, this system feels thrillingly futurist.’
    • ‘Tony, an avid collector of spongy penguins given out at various Linux events, now thinks computers were created by penguins, or vice versa.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Prions deposit plaque that kills brain cells, leaving spongy holes in the brain.’
    • ‘The clafoutis was still warm, with a thin spongey surface over juicy cherries and a thicker batter base.’
    • ‘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.’
    soft, cushiony, cushioned, squashy, compressible, yielding
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    1. 1.1(of metal) having an open, porous structure.
      ‘spongy platinum’
    2. 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.’