I. intransitive verb (flounced; flouncing) Etymology: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian flunsa to hurry Date: 1542 1. a. to move with exaggerated jerky or bouncy motions <
flounced about the room, jerking her shoulders, gesticulating — Agatha Christie
; also to move so as to draw attention to oneself <
flounced into the lobby
b. to go with sudden determination <
flounced out in a huff
2. flounder, struggle II. noun Date: 1583 an act or instance of flouncing • flouncy adjective III. transitive verb (flounced; flouncing) Etymology: alteration of earlier frounce, from Middle English frouncen to curl Date: 1711 to trim with flounces IV. noun Date: 1713 a strip of fabric attached by one edge; also a wide ruffle • flouncy adjective

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flounce — Flounce, n. The act of floucing; a sudden, jerking motion of the body. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flounce — Flounce, n. [Cf. G. flaus, flausch, a tuft of wool or hair; akin to vliess, E. fleece; or perh. corrupted fr. rounce.] An ornamental appendage to the skirt of a woman s dress, consisting of a strip gathered and sewed on by its upper edge around… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flounce — Ⅰ. flounce [1] ► VERB ▪ move in an exaggeratedly impatient or angry manner. ► NOUN ▪ an exaggerated action expressing annoyance or impatience. ORIGIN perhaps related to Norwegian flunsa hurry , or perhaps symbolic, like bounce. Ⅱ. flounce …   English terms dictionary

  • flounce — flounce1 [flouns] vi. flounced, flouncing [Early ModE, orig., to dive: < ? Scand, as in Swed dial. flunsa, to dive, dip; ? infl. by BOUNCE] 1. to move with quick, flinging motions of the body, as in anger 2. to twist or turn abruptly; jerk n.… …   English World dictionary

  • flounce — [v] bounce; intermittently move fling, jerk, mince, nancy, prance, sashay, spring, stamp, storm, strut, swish, throw, toss; concept 149 …   New thesaurus

  • flounce — [[t]fla͟ʊns[/t]] flounces, flouncing, flounced 1) VERB If you flounce somewhere, you walk there quickly with exaggerated movements, in a way that shows you are annoyed or upset. [V adv/prep] She flounced out of my room in a huff... She will… …   English dictionary

  • flounce — I UK [flaʊns] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms flounce : present tense I/you/we/they flounce he/she/it flounces present participle flouncing past tense flounced past participle flounced to walk quickly in an impatient way, because you are… …   English dictionary

  • flounce — {{11}}flounce (n.) wide ruffle, 1713, from M.E. frounce pleat, wrinkle, fold (late 14c.), from O.Fr. fronce line, wrinkle; pucker, crease, fold, from Frankish *hrunkjan to wrinkle, from P.Gmc. *hrunk . Influenced in form by flounce (v.).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • flounce — flounce1 [flauns] v [I always + adverb/preposition] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language] to walk in a quick determined way without looking at people because you are angry ▪ She flounced out of the room. flounce 2… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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