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flounce

verb \ ˈflau̇n(t)s \

Definition of flounce

flounced; flouncing
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

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Origin and Etymology of flounce

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian flunsa to hurry


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flounce

noun

Definition of flounce

: an act or instance of flouncing

flouncy

play \ˈflau̇n(t)-sē\ adjective

First Known Use of flounce

1583

in the meaning defined above

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flounce

verb

Definition of flounce

flounced; flouncing
: to trim with flounces

Origin and Etymology of flounce

alteration of earlier frounce, from Middle English frouncen to curl


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flounce

noun

Definition of flounce

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

flouncy

play \ˈflau̇n(t)-sē\ adjective

First Known Use of flounce

1713

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FLOUNCE Defined for Kids

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flounce

verb \ ˈflau̇ns \

Definition of flounce for Students

flounced; flouncing
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.

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flounce

noun

Definition of flounce for Students

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

flouncy

adjective


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