prance

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verb

pranced; prancing

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
prancer noun

prance

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noun

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

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 moose, accompanied by one with the typical darker brown color, can be seen in the clip prancing down an embankment, out of a wooded area and down towards the otherwise empty road. Mary Walrath-Holdridge, USA TODAY, 1 May 2024 Goodspeed’s is crisp and centralized, with the performers prancing to those footlights, doing their bit and moving aside for whoever’s next. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 22 Apr. 2024
Noun
In the clip, the formerly shy and slow-moving dog happily prances after Jeanette as the pair trots around a backyard. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 13 Mar. 2024 Olivia, a Scottish Fold cat, prances into the woods. Bryan West, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for prance 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English prauncen

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1893, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Prance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prance. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

prance

verb
ˈpran(t)s
pranced; prancing
1
: to rise up or move about on the hind legs
2
: to ride on a prancing horse
3
: to walk or move about in a lively and proud manner : strut
prance noun
prancer
ˈpran(t)-sər
noun

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