\ ˈpran(t)s How to pronounce prance (audio) \
pranced; prancing

Definition of prance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to spring from the hind legs or move by so doing
2 : to ride on a prancing horse
3 : to walk or move in a spirited manner : strut also : to dance about

transitive verb

: to cause (a horse) to prance



Definition of prance (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of prancing specifically : a prancing movement

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prancer \ ˈpran(t)-​sər How to pronounce prance (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of prance in a Sentence

Verb The singer pranced around on stage. The little boy pranced across the room in his cowboy costume.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The shelves are laden with books about Hoover and his bureau—idolatrous, iconoclastic, one even claiming the imperious G-man liked to prance around after hours in full drag. Edward Kosner, WSJ, 13 Aug. 2021 Because who doesn’t want to prance through the woods and feel like a woman fairy? New York Times, 30 July 2021 Lizzo plays as the islanders prance about in shiny red outfits and devil horns. Charlotte Walsh, Vulture, 3 July 2021 Who wouldn’t want to prance around à la Carrie Bradshaw in a pair of kitten heel mules? Madeline Fass, Vogue, 29 June 2021 Frame after frame of horses galloping up cobblestone streets and prancing down beaches. Sue Wunder, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Apr. 2020 No need to skate through the Shark Head, or have SJ Sharkie prancing around the ice. Ross Mckeon,, 13 Mar. 2020 Naturally, this makes the singletons -- who have spent their time up to this point prancing around in string bikinis (the gals) and showing off their six-pack torsos (the guys) -– gasp and gripe. oregonlive, 16 Apr. 2020 Because something about faint memories of prancing around in a mini cheerleader outfit with No. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, 10 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mottled black-and-brown African wild dogs often prance and squeak through grasslands, chattering like birds. Saima Sidik, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Aug. 2021 Rodrigo’s fellow high-school nihilists prance about the gym (then a darkroom and a football field), on the verge of graduating into either academic indoctrination or Big Tech, Fake News social authority. Armond White, National Review, 21 July 2021 The 2021 season was just 13 innings old when Cardinals pitcher Jake Woodford hit Nick Castellanos with a pitch, one game after Castellanos punctuated a long home run with a skip, prance and bat toss. USA Today, 10 May 2021 Peg’s fingers prance and unsettle in Petrie’s memory; the lawyer’s style begins to crack., 15 Apr. 2021 Inside, two poodles prance around the living room. Like Myers, the couple have spent much of their time at home during the pandemic. Olivia Goldhill, STAT, 4 Mar. 2021 He and his dancers-turned-reindeer prance around an empty warehouse in shimmering black leather jumpers with matching red leather gloves and stilettos. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 2 Dec. 2020 Rahm made his ball prance lightly across the pond, as if it had been tossed by Opie Taylor hisself. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 11 Nov. 2020 Researcher has come to suspect that the urge to prance may be unstoppable. Jack Handey, The New Yorker, 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of prance


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prance


Middle English prauncen

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The first known use of prance was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of prance

: to walk or move in a lively and proud way
: to move by taking high steps : to lift each hoof up high when moving


\ ˈprans How to pronounce prance (audio) \
pranced; prancing

Kids Definition of prance

1 : to move by taking high steps horses prancing
2 : to walk or move in a lively and proud way She pranced around in her new dress.

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