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1flounder

noun floun·der \ˈflan-dər\

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

plural flounder or flounders

Full Definition of FLOUNDER

:  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

char, chum, ichthyology, smelt, tetra, turbot

2flounder

verb

: 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

floun·deredfloun·der·ing \-d(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of FLOUNDER

intransitive verb
1
:  to struggle to move or obtain footing :  thrash about wildly
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
FLOUNDERING Defined for Kids

1flounder

noun floun·der \ˈflan-dər\

Definition of FLOUNDER for Kids

:  a flatfish used for food

2flounder

verb
floun·deredfloun·der·ing

Definition of FLOUNDER for Kids

1
:  to struggle to move or get footing <The horses were floundering in the mud.>
2
:  to behave or do something in a clumsy way <I floundered through the speech.>

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