verb (1)
\ ˈflau̇n(t)s How to pronounce flounce (audio) \
flounced; flouncing

Definition of flounce

 (Entry 1 of 4)

intransitive verb

1a : 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


noun (1)

Definition of flounce (Entry 2 of 4)

: an act or instance of flouncing moved with a flounce


noun (2)

Definition of flounce (Entry 3 of 4)

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


verb (2)
flounced; flouncing

Definition of flounce (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

: to trim with flounces

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Synonyms: Noun (2)

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First Known Use of flounce

Verb (1)

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (1)

1583, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1713, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1711, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flounce

Verb (1)

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian flunsa to hurry

Verb (2)

alteration of earlier frounce, from Middle English frouncen to curl

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The first known use of flounce was in 1542

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27 Jan 2020

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“Flounce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flounce. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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\ ˈflau̇ns How to pronounce flounce (audio) \
flounced; flouncing

Kids Definition of flounce

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to move with exaggerated motions … she flounced by in a new yellow dress.— Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder
2 chiefly British : to walk in a way that shows anger He flounced out of the room.



Kids Definition of flounce (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strip of fabric or ruffle attached by one edge a flounce on a skirt

Other Words from flounce

flouncy adjective

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