\ 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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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 Frame after frame of horses galloping up cobblestone streets and prancing down beaches. Sue Wunder, The Christian Science Monitor, "Aunt Ruth’s photo philosophy," 22 Apr. 2020 No need to skate through the Shark Head, or have SJ Sharkie prancing around the ice. Ross Mckeon,, "How NHL’s coronavirus stoppage could wreak havoc on Stanley Cup playoffs," 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, "‘Too Hot to Handle’: A sexed-up dating show that’s accidentally perfect for our social distancing era," 16 Apr. 2020 Because something about faint memories of prancing around in a mini cheerleader outfit with No. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "How the grandsons of Pacers legend Roger Brown uncovered his legacy," 10 Apr. 2020 In an almost perfect retort to the Broad City episode in which Abbi and Ilana cockily roll up to the bank to deposit a $8,000 check, Nora at one point prances through the city celebrating her own humble $379. Jeva Lange, TheWeek, "Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens," 22 Jan. 2020 The black lapdog pranced proudly when his turn came. CBS News, "Poodle wins group at Westminster dog show after McDonald's snack," 11 Feb. 2020 The Egyptian depiction of a slender, generic dog closely resembles the emoji of a prancing canine in profile. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Emojis Meet Hieroglyphs: If King Tut Could Text," 22 Jan. 2020 Will, dressed as the Grinch, forcefully pushed forward his scooper to pick up the first pile of manure in their path as Cathy and Ger pranced near him, to cheers and laughter. Los Angeles Times, "Rose Parade 2020: Skies were blue, spirits high as parade worked to broaden outreach," 1 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Peg’s fingers prance and unsettle in Petrie’s memory; the lawyer’s style begins to crack., "Making sense of the past in ‘Antiquities’," 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, "In Palm Beach, Covid-19 vaccines intended for rural Black communities are instead going to wealthy white Floridians," 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, "Todrick Hall Decks the Halls With 'Bells, Bows, Gifts, Trees' in His New Music Video," 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, "Paul Daugherty: Sun sets on my Masters dreams, but not on the memories that provoked them," 11 Nov. 2020 Researcher has come to suspect that the urge to prance may be unstoppable. Jack Handey, The New Yorker, "Vaccines I’m Working On," 19 Oct. 2020 Beloved by countless millennials (and Pokémon lovers of all ages), the original Pokémon Snap for the Nintendo 64 put players on a tranquil railcar driving through nature, where a diversity of Pokémon prance or fly by. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "New Pokémon Snap Revives a Classic for Nintendo Switch," 17 June 2020 Each night, 2,800 shells explode, four fire barges are deployed, water fountains prance and a 28-foot-wide globe acts as the centerpiece. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney World: Faithful ‘IllumiNations’ fans prep for Epcot show’s final finale," 25 Sep. 2019 Horses prance to the thundering beats of banda sinaloense. Los Angeles Times, "Pepe Aguilar’s ‘Rodeo Without Borders’ evokes old Mexico, with touches of L.A.," 15 Sep. 2019

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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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“Prance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prance

: to walk or move in a lively and proud way
of a horse : 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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