- to spring from the hind legs; to move by springing, as a horse.
- to ride on a horse doing this.
- to ride gaily, proudly, or insolently.
- to move or go in an elated manner; cavort.
- to dance or move in a lively or spirited manner; caper.
- to cause to prance.
- the act of prancing; a prancing movement.
Origin of prance
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Examples from the Web for prance
Last July, for the first time in nearly a decade, Joanna Rohrback discovered that she could prance once more.‘Prancercise’ Creator on Her ‘Wacky’ Workout and Being Too Famous to Prancercise
May 30, 2013
He gives it out that he's goin' to prance over to Red Dog an' lay for the Bug.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
If the beggar comes in suddenly, and starts to prance, I'll rip him up and be done with it!
The thought that the beggar had started to prance darted through his mind.
His spirit seemed to prance with joy like the horse beneath him.The False Chevalier
William Douw Lighthall
No sooner had Prance confessed than he withdrew his confession.The Valet's Tragedy and Other Stories
- (intr) to swagger or strut
- (intr) to caper, gambol, or dance about
- (of a horse) to move with high lively springing steps
- to ride a horse that moves in this way
- (tr) to cause to prance
- the act or an instance of prancing
Word Origin and History for prance
late 14c., originally of horses, of unknown origin, perhaps related to Middle English pranken "to show off," from Middle Dutch pronken "to strut, parade" (see prank); or perhaps from Danish dialectal prandse "to go in a stately manner." Klein suggests Old French paravancier. Related: Pranced; prancing. As a noun from 1751, from the verb.