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

Definition of trounce

transitive verb

: to thrash or punish severely especially : to defeat decisively

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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 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 But the whole time, there was an outside sad-and-vulnerable winner, just sitting on the sidelines waiting to trounce everyone with his much, much more overwhelming story of sadness. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 22 June 2021 Gutiérrez and three relievers combined on a four-hitter with 12 strikeouts to help the Reds trounce the Brewers 10-2 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory. Steve Megargee, Star Tribune, 14 June 2021 So even if the pace continues to slow throughout the year, 2021 could still easily trounce last year’s record for background checks. Aaron Smith, Forbes, 2 June 2021 However, your dog could trounce on your landscaping instead, and that may further frustrate you. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, 13 May 2021 According to Adobe Analytics, online holiday sales are expected to trounce previous records, leaping 33% over 2019 to $189 billion in the U.S. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 11 Dec. 2020 Online holiday sales are expected to trounce previous records, leaping 33% over 2019 to $189 billion in the U.S., according to Adobe Analytics. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, 27 Nov. 2020

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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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23 Jul 2021

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“Trounce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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