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flouncing

[floun-sing] /ˈflaʊn sɪŋ/
noun
1.
material used in making flounces.
2.
trimming consisting of a flounce.
Origin of flouncing
1760-1770
1760-70; flounce2 + -ing1

flounce1

[flouns] /flaʊns/
verb (used without object), flounced, flouncing.
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.
noun
3.
an act or instance of flouncing; a flouncing movement.
Origin
1535-45; of obscure origin; perhaps akin to Norwegian flunsa to hurry
Synonyms
1. storm, bound, prance, bounce.

flounce2

[flouns] /flaʊns/
noun
1.
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.
verb (used with object), flounced, flouncing.
2.
to trim with flounces.
Origin
1665-75; alteration of obsolete frounce wrinkle
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Examples from the Web for flouncing
Historical Examples
  • The woman was flouncing along the street beside the boy, and she spoke in a loud, shrill voice.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Can you see the poor toad kicking and flouncing in the water?

  • Mercy, instead of flouncing out of the room, stood looking on him with maternal eyes, and chuckling like a bird.

  • Gram answered by glaring at Gramps and flouncing out of the room.

    The Black Fawn James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Then she swept away, flouncing her pink silk dress, and with her head in the air.

    Adventures in Toyland Edith King Hall
  • Janet tried in vain to take his attention, and ended by flouncing out of the old parlour, hot with indignant wrath.

    Sweet Mace George Manville Fenn
  • He was flouncing about horfil, and she could not keep him quiet.

    Pippin; A Wandering Flame Laura E. Richards
  • To my astonishment returns Pratt presently, flouncing and bridling, and with her a young woman--Heavens!

    The Ladies E. Barrington
  • "I'd forgotten it isn't decent to strip before a man of his position," said Chinn, flouncing in the water.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • Still they remained amiable, flouncing along and casting bright glances behind them with gusts of gay laughter.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for flouncing

flouncing

/ˈflaʊnsɪŋ/
noun
1.
material, such as lace or embroidered fabric, used for making flounces

flounce1

/flaʊns/
verb
1.
(intransitive; often foll by about, away, out, etc) to move or go with emphatic or impatient movements
noun
2.
the act of flouncing
Word Origin
C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian flunsa to hurry, Swedish flunsa to splash

flounce2

/flaʊns/
noun
1.
an ornamental gathered ruffle sewn to a garment by its top edge
Word Origin
C18: from Old French fronce wrinkle, from froncir to wrinkle, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for flouncing

flounce

v.

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.

n.

"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.).

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