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prance

[prans, prahns] /præns, prɑns/
verb (used without object), pranced, prancing.
1.
to spring from the hind legs; to move by springing, as a horse.
2.
to ride on a horse doing this.
3.
to ride gaily, proudly, or insolently.
4.
to move or go in an elated manner; cavort.
5.
to dance or move in a lively or spirited manner; caper.
verb (used with object), pranced, prancing.
6.
to cause to prance.
noun
7.
the act of prancing; a prancing movement.
Origin of prance
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English prauncen, praunsen (v.); akin to Danish (dial.) pransk spirited, said of a horse
Related forms
prancer, noun
prancingly, adverb
Synonyms
4, 5. gambol, leap, skip, romp, frolic, frisk.
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  • They were then halfway to the ship, with Murgatroyd prancing on ahead.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • He's a prancing beast, and so we mustn't startle him—not till I have located the stuff.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • “Heap big Injun chief,” announced Bobby, prancing about in his suit.

  • Now the fame of Prue and her prancing was not long pent up in Carthage.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • I'd have had you prancing to the tune of the wedding march before now.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • "It won't do for me, either," grumbled the Sawhorse, prancing to the rear.

    The Lost Princess of Oz

    L. Frank Baum
  • She saw Milt turn his little car as though it were a prancing bronco.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for prancing

prance

/prɑːns/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to swagger or strut
2.
(intransitive) to caper, gambol, or dance about
3.
(intransitive)
  1. (of a horse) to move with high lively springing steps
  2. to ride a horse that moves in this way
4.
(transitive) to cause to prance
noun
5.
the act or an instance of prancing
Derived Forms
prancer, noun
prancingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14 prauncen; perhaps related to German prangen to be in full splendour; compare Danish (dialect) pransk lively, spirited, used of a horse
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Word Origin and History for prancing

prance

v.

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.

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