- to go with impatient or impetuous, exaggerated movements: The star flounced out of the studio in a rage.
- to throw the body about spasmodically; flounder.
- an act or instance of flouncing; a flouncing movement.
Origin of flounce1
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- a strip of material gathered or pleated and attached at one edge, with the other edge left loose or hanging: used for trimming, as on the edge of a skirt or sleeve or on a curtain, slipcover, etc.
- to trim with flounces.
Origin of flounce2
Examples from the Web for flounce
Mrs. Judson took occasion to flounce by me in her work of clearing the table.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
A lady had the flounce of her dress torn off; a man lost his hat.
How delightfully they impart to each other the pattern of a cap, or flounce, or frill!The Young Duke
Marjorie glanced up from the flounce she was setting to rights.Marjorie Dean
And she gave a flounce and sat up straight in front of her mother.Five Little Peppers And How They Grew
- (intr; often foll by about, away, out, etc) to move or go with emphatic or impatient movements
- the act of flouncing
- an ornamental gathered ruffle sewn to a garment by its top edge
Word Origin and History for flounce
1540s, "to dash, plunge, flop," perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. dialectal Swedish flunsa "to plunge," Norwegian flunsa "to hurry," but first record of these is 200 years later than the English word), said to be of imitative origin. Spelling likely influenced by bounce. Notions of "anger, impatience" began to adhere to the word 18c. Related: Flounced; flouncing. As a noun, from 1580s as a motion.
"wide ruffle," 1713, from Middle English frounce "pleat, wrinkle, fold" (late 14c.), from Old French fronce "line, wrinkle; pucker, crease, fold," from Frankish *hrunkjan "to wrinkle," from Proto-Germanic *hrunk-. Influenced in form by flounce (v.).