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flounce

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verb \ˈflau̇n(t)s\

Definition of flounce

flounced

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flouncing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 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 lobbyb :  to go with sudden determination flounced out in a huff

  3. 2 :  flounder, struggle

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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

  1. :  an act or instance of flouncing

flouncy

play \ˈflau̇n(t)-sē\ adjective

First Known Use of flounce

1583


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flounce

verb

Definition of flounce

flounced

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flouncing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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

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

flouncy

play \ˈflau̇n(t)-sē\ adjective

First Known Use of flounce

1713


FLOUNCE Defined for Kids

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flounce

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verb \ˈflau̇ns\

Definition of flounce for Students

flounced

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flouncing

  1. 1 :  to move with exaggerated motions … she flounced by in a new yellow dress. — Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder

  2. 2 chiefly British :  to walk in a way that shows anger He flounced out of the room.


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flounce

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noun

Definition of flounce for Students

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

flouncy

adjective


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