Definition of bouncer in US English:



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

    • ‘He took courses in the field, then worked as a nightclub bouncer and a bodyguard.’
    • ‘As no bouncers were employed at our next pub, we walked in with ease, sat for a while and enjoyed some live music.’
    • ‘A football star has been arrested at a nightspot following an alleged incident involving a nightclub bouncer.’
    • ‘In the future, similar initiatives could be extended to nightclub bouncers, pub and bar licensees, headteachers and neighbourhood watch representatives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All three were said to have been put out of the premises by bouncers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Charles (not his real name) is a bouncer at a popular nightclub in town.’
    • ‘Whilst employed as a bouncer he was instructed to forcefully eject an unruly customer who refused to wear a formal shirt.’
    • ‘Those included selling ice cream and working as a nightclub bouncer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They could be mistaken for couple of nightclub bouncers, such is their sheer presence.’
    • ‘She had also worked in a wine bar, cleaned her sister's house and earned extra money as a nightclub bouncer.’
    • ‘In this hilarious parody of the contemporary nightclub scene, four bouncers portray over 30 different characters.’
    • ‘He was employed as a bouncer by another company, which was hired by the hotel's management.’
    • ‘If a passenger dropped litter he was ejected by the bouncers.’
    • ‘The victim managed to walk up to the doors of a nearby nightclub where a bouncer called the emergency services.’
    • ‘People in the audience will go to nightclubs and know what bouncers are like, so the cast needs to look real.’
    • ‘A security firm owner who provides bouncers to a nightclub claims no underage drinkers get in when his staff are on duty.’
    sentry, sentinel, security guard, nightwatchman
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  • 2Baseball
    A batted ball that bounces before being fielded.

    • ‘In his first start at third, he misplayed one bouncer, letting it go off his glove, and let another fast grounder get by him.’
    • ‘When the Reds' Lee May hit a hard bouncer over the third base bag in Game 1, Robinson crossed into foul ground to grab it, then threw blindly across his body toward first base.’
    • ‘With two on and two outs, Ramirez hit a bouncer to deep shortstop.’
    • ‘Facing Tom Seaver of the New York Mets, Clemente tapped a bouncer up the middle that caromed off the glove of second baseman Ken Boswell.’
    • ‘Unfazed, Brown then climbed back on top of the mound after consulting with a Dodger trainer, and calmly retired Mike Piazza on a bouncer to third.’
    • ‘The Braves' Pete Orr started things with a bouncer off the plate that Clemens fielded cleanly but couldn't get to first in time.’
    • ‘It came with two out in the seventh inning, after Santo had made a good play in spearing Jim Gilliam's high bouncer to third.’
    • ‘Segui hits a bouncer that glances off the outside of the first base bag for a gift double.’
    • ‘Palmeiro hit a bouncer to Yankees' first baseman Tino Martinez who stepped on first before throwing to Derek Jeter at second who tagged Sosa for the easy out.’