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  1. material used in making flounces.
  2. trimming consisting of a flounce.

Origin of flouncing

First recorded in 1760–70; flounce2 + -ing1


verb (used without object), flounced, flounc·ing.
  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.
  1. an act or instance of flouncing; a flouncing movement.

Origin of flounce1

1535–45; of obscure origin; perhaps akin to Norwegian flunsa to hurry


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1. storm, bound, prance, bounce.


  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, flounc·ing.
  1. to trim with flounces.

Origin of flounce2

First recorded in 1665–75; alteration of obsolete frounce wrinkle
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Examples from the Web for flouncing

Historical Examples

  • 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?

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for flouncing


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


  1. (intr; often foll by about, away, out, etc) to move or go with emphatic or impatient movements
  1. the act of flouncing

Word Origin

C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian flunsa to hurry, Swedish flunsa to splash


  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



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.).

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