- 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 prancing
It felt like prancing, she said, like the way a happy horse frolics through a field of poppies.‘Prancercise’ Creator on Her ‘Wacky’ Workout and Being Too Famous to Prancercise
May 30, 2013
The star—radiant smile, pretty and prancing like she was to the catwalk born—is N.Hysteria Strikes Mumbai School Kids
March 29, 2013
Oh, he talks a good game, prancing around on The View and Larry King.In Defense of Blago
January 30, 2009
They were then halfway to the ship, with Murgatroyd prancing on ahead.Pariah Planet
He's a prancing beast, and so we mustn't startle him—not till I have located the stuff.Victory
“Heap big Injun chief,” announced Bobby, prancing about in his suit.Four Little Blossoms at Brookside Farm
Mabel C. Hawley
Now the fame of Prue and her prancing was not long pent up in Carthage.In a Little Town
I'd have had you prancing to the tune of the wedding march before now.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
- (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 prancing
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.