Etymology
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spongy (adj.)

"soft, elastic," 1530s, from sponge (n.) + -y (2). Of hard material (especially bone) "open, porous," 1590s. Related: Sponginess.

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Definitions of spongy

spongy (adj.)
easily squashed; resembling a sponge in having soft porous texture and compressibility;
spongy bread
Synonyms: squashy / squishy / spongelike
spongy (adj.)
like a sponge in being able to absorb liquids and yield it back when compressed;
Synonyms: spongelike
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