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flounce

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verb \ˈflau̇n(t)s\

Definition of flounce

flouncedflounc·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to move with exaggerated jerky or bouncy motions <flounced about the room, jerking her shoulders, gesticulating — Agatha Christie>; also :  to move so as to draw attention to oneself <flounced into the lobby> b :  to go with sudden determination <flounced out in a huff>

  3. 2 :  flounder, struggle



Origin of flounce

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian flunsa to hurry


First Known Use: 1542


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flounce

noun

Definition of flounce

  1. :  an act or instance of flouncing

flouncy play \ˈflau̇n(t)-sē\ adjective


1583

First Known Use of flounce

1583

Rhymes with flounce


3

flounce

verb

Definition of flounce

flouncedflounc·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to trim with flounces



Origin of flounce

alteration of earlier frounce, from Middle English frouncen to curl


First Known Use: 1711


4

flounce

noun

Definition of flounce

  1. :  a strip of fabric attached by one edge; also :  a wide ruffle

flouncy play \ˈflau̇n(t)-sē\ adjective


1713

First Known Use of flounce

1713



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