Definitions for: Flounce


[n] the act of walking with exaggerated jerky motions
[n] a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim
[v] walk emphatically



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

To flutter and flounce will do nothing but batter and
bruise us. --Barrow.

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


Flounce, n.
The act of floucing; a sudden, jerking motion of the body.


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 skirt, and left hanging.


Flounce, v. t.
To deck with a flounce or flounces; as, to flounce a
petticoat or a frock.

Synonyms: frill, furbelow, ruffle

See Also: adornment, gait, gauffer, goffer, jabot, peplum, walk

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