Origin of flouncing
- 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 flouncing
He was flouncing about horfil, and she could not keep him quiet.Pippin; A Wandering Flame
Laura E. Richards
Can you see the poor toad kicking and flouncing in the water?Audubon and his Journals, Vol. 2
Maria R. Audubon
Gram answered by glaring at Gramps and flouncing out of the room.The Black Fawn
James Arthur Kjelgaard
The woman was flouncing along the street beside the boy, and she spoke in a loud, shrill voice.The Debtor
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
"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
- material, such as lace or embroidered fabric, used for making flounces
- (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 flouncing
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.).