flounce

  • 1 Flounce — Flounce, v. t. To deck with a flounce or flounces; as, to flounce a petticoat or a frock. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 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

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

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

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

    New thesaurus

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 flounce — flounce1 [ flauns ] verb intransitive to walk quickly, in an impatient way, because you are angry: She flounced out of the room. flounce flounce 2 [ flauns ] noun count 1. ) a wide piece of cloth that is formed into folds and fastened for… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 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

  • 14 flounce — Synonyms and related words: amble, antic, barge, bead, beading, bejewel, beribbon, bespangle, binding, blunder, bob, bordering, bordure, bounce, bowl along, bundle, caper, capriole, caracole, careen, career, carry on, cavort, clump, crease,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 flounce — I [[t]flaʊns[/t]] v. flounced, flounc•ing, n. 1) to go with impatient or impetuous, exaggerated movements 2) to move self consciously and in a conspicuous manner 3) to throw the body about spasmodically; flounder 4) an act or instance of… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 flounce — 1. v. & n. v.intr. (often foll. by away, about, off, out) go or move with an agitated, violent, or impatient motion (flounced out in a huff). n. a flouncing movement. Etymology: 16th c.: orig. unkn.: perh. imit., as bounce, pounce 2. n. & v. n. a …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 17 flounce — 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,… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 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

  • 19 flounce — 1. verb a) To move in an exaggerated, bouncy manner b) To flounder; to make spastic motions. 2. noun a) A strip of decorative material, usually …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 flounce — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. ruffle, trim; prance, bounce. See edge, leap. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. frill, ruffle, furbelow, trimming; see decoration 2 , fringe 2 . v. Syn. fling, jerk, toss, twist, bounce, flop, prance, storm …

    English dictionary for students