\ 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

Other Words from prance


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

Synonyms for prance

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 While the singer is usually dressed in Gucci, stylist Harry Lambert opted for a custom red sequined jumpsuit from Arturo Obegero for Styles and a blue one for the accompanying dancer to prance around in. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 1 Apr. 2022 Hammam is a superstar, routinely called upon to prance beaches in barely-there swimwear, exuding a spirit of joie de vivre. Vogue, 22 Feb. 2022 Time and again, retread White coaches fail in one city and simply prance across to the next. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Feb. 2022 At Sugar Sweet Farm in Encinitas, yoga classes are led outdoors as baby goats prance between the mats during the class. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Dec. 2021 Billy’s sister has had more success in her attempts to prance like a horse. Nara Schoenberg,, 9 Dec. 2021 During the parade, puppeteers will move her head and legs, making Tiptoe literally prance through the streets of New York City. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 24 Nov. 2021 Children will leap and prance their way through the world of Molly Idle’s Flora and the Flamingo., 24 Nov. 2021 Posey the Shih Tzu would shake free from her harness, prance onto the softball diamond in the Fillmore District and chase after her favorite thing — a ball. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Children will leap, prance and spin their way through the world of Angela DiTerlizzi’s Some Bugs. Hartford Courant, 13 Apr. 2022 In one scene, six pairs of legs, shot at knee-level, prance and caper in unison as a teacher’s voice calls encouragement. The New Yorker, 3 Feb. 2022 Go to Vista Del Mar earlier this year, which required him to serenade seagulls and prance about in the sand. Tyler Aquilina,, 13 Nov. 2021 From the 1960s to the 1980s, the franchise had a mascot named Chief Noc-A-Homa prance around. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, 29 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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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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\ 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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