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flounder

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noun floun·der \ˈflau̇n-dər\

Simple Definition of flounder

  • : a type of fish that has a flat body and that is eaten as food

Full Definition of flounder

plural flounder or flounders

  1. :  flatfish; especially :  a marine fish of either of two families (Pleuronectidae and Bothidae) that include important food fishes

Origin of flounder

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian flundra flounder


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Fishes Terms

Rhymes with flounder


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flounder

verb floun·der

Simple Definition of flounder

  • : to move in an awkward way with a lot of difficulty and effort

  • : to be unsure about what to do or say

  • : to have a lot of problems and difficulties

Full Definition of flounder

floun·deredfloun·der·ing play \-d(ə-)riŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to struggle to move or obtain footing :  thrash about wildly

  3. 2 :  to proceed or act clumsily or ineffectually

Examples of flounder

  1. The horses were floundering through the deep snow.

  2. He was floundering around in the pool like an amateur.

  3. After watching me flounder for a few minutes, my instructor took over.



Origin of flounder

probably alteration of founder


First Known Use: 1592


FLOUNDER Defined for Kids

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flounder

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noun floun·der \ˈflau̇n-dər\

Definition of flounder

  1. :  a flatfish used for food




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flounder

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verb floun·der

Definition of flounder

floun·deredfloun·der·ing

  1. 1 :  to struggle to move or get footing <The horses were floundering in the mud.>

  2. 2 :  to behave or do something in a clumsy way <I floundered through the speech.>





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