Flouncing
Flounce Flounce, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Flounced} (flounst); p. pr. & vb. n. {Flouncing}.] [Cf. OSw. flunsa to immerge.] To throw the limbs and body one way and the other; to spring, turn, or twist with sudden effort or violence; to struggle, as a horse in mire; to flounder; to throw one's self with a jerk or spasm, often as in displeasure. [1913 Webster]

To flutter and flounce will do nothing but batter and bruise us. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

With his broad fins and forky tail he laves The rising sirge, and flounces in the waves. --Addison. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • flouncing — [floun′siŋ] n. 1. material for making flounces 2. a flounce, or flounces collectively …   English World dictionary

  • flouncing — noun Date: 1862 material used for flounces …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • flouncing — /flown sing/, n. 1. material used in making flounces. 2. trimming consisting of a flounce. [1760 70; FLOUNCE2 + ING1] * * * …   Universalium

  • flouncing — flaÊŠns n. decorative gather, ruffle (on fabric); irritated movement v. move in an irritated manner; decorate with a ruffle …   English contemporary dictionary

  • flouncing — flounc·ing …   English syllables

  • flouncing — flounc•ing [[t]ˈflaʊn sɪŋ[/t]] n. 1) tex material used in making flounces 2) clo trimming consisting of a flounce • Etymology: 1760–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • flouncing — /ˈflaʊnsɪŋ/ (say flownsing) noun 1. material for flounces. 2. trimming consisting of a flounce …   Australian English dictionary

  • flouncing — ˈflau̇n(t)siŋ noun ( s) Etymology: flounce (IV) + ing : material suitable for or made up into flounces; especially : yard goods of lace or embroidery with one plain straight edge and one fancy ornamented edge …   Useful english dictionary

  • flounce — I. /flaʊns / (say flowns) verb (i) (flounced, flouncing) 1. to go (away, off, out, etc.) with an impatient or angry fling of the body: to flounce out of a room in a rage. 2. to throw the body about, as in floundering or struggling; twist; turn;… …   Australian English dictionary

  • flounce — flounce1 /flowns/, v., flounced, flouncing, n. v.i. 1. to go with impatient or impetuous, exaggerated movements: The star flounced out of the studio in a rage. 2. to throw the body about spasmodically; flounder. n. 3. an act or instance of… …   Universalium

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