\ ˈtrau̇n(t)s How to pronounce trounce (audio) \
trounced; trouncing

Definition of trounce

transitive verb

: to thrash or punish severely especially : to defeat decisively

Examples of trounce in a Sentence

our candidate trounced her opponent in the election, winning with 76% of the vote
Recent Examples on the Web Will Republicans trounce Democrats in the midterm elections? Yaffa Fredrick, CNN, 2 Jan. 2022 Looking at the most current sales data of the Mustang Mach-E, which sold to 21,703 buyers through October, and the Chevy Bolt, which sold to 24,810 buyers, Ford is expected to trounce GM in the final two months because of the Bolt production halt. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 1 Dec. 2021 Saban launched into a rant on his radio show Wednesday after a caller suggested the Crimson Tide should trounce opponents rather than simply winning. Blake Toppmeyer, USA TODAY, 28 Nov. 2021 So even though Android will likely continue to trounce Apple in this area, Apple likely doesn’t care all that much. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 18 Nov. 2021 In numbers, that means operating costs that trounce those of similarly sized business planes. Jacopo Prisco, CNN, 5 Nov. 2021 Read on to find out how the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort managed to trounce the competition. Sarah Greaves-gabbadon, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2021 Money managers will be watching whether companies will again trounce Wall Street’s forecasts for earnings. Karen Langley, WSJ, 11 July 2021 But in the 2011 postseason, Manning and the Giants managed to trounce the Falcons 24-2 in the NFC Wild Card round, the only home playoff game Manning won in his career. Patricia Traina, Forbes, 21 June 2021

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First Known Use of trounce

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trounce

origin unknown

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12 Jan 2022

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“Trounce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of trounce

: to defeat (someone or something) easily and thoroughly


\ ˈtrau̇ns How to pronounce trounce (audio) \
trounced; trouncing

Kids Definition of trounce

1 : to beat severely : flog
2 : to defeat thoroughly

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