- to beat severely; thrash.
- to punish.
- to defeat decisively.
Origin of trounce
Examples from the Web for trouncing
A devotee, Kreeft gives Lewis the big philosophical guns, and has him trouncing Kennedy and Huxley pretty comprehensively.Three Great Men Died That Day: JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley
November 3, 2013
Then he rattled off an impressive end to the season, trouncing Nadal and Djokovic.Roger Federer: The Transformation of a Tennis Star
July 8, 2012
Two years later he won the chairmanship of the council, trouncing another popular colleague.A Talk with D.C.'s New Mayor
November 2, 2010
With the midterms approaching, conventional wisdom has it the Dems will get a 1994-style trouncing.The Dems Aren't Toast
September 23, 2010
With his trouncing of Kay Bailey Hutchison in the primary, Gov. Rick Perry is no longer under the GOP radar.The Texas Steamroller's Next Move
March 3, 2010
The poor old fellow gets his trouncing from the critics monthly.One of Our Conquerors, Complete
It is men that Dr. Parkhurst is trouncing—not their crimes—not Crime.The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays
I don't care what you do, so long as I give this little beggar a trouncing.Shadows of Flames
Have I got to submit myself to a trouncing more than once a year?The Guarded Heights
But, by God His faith, an they would be ruled by me, he should get such a trouncing therefor that he should stink for it!'The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio
- (tr) to beat or defeat utterly; thrash
Word Origin and History for trouncing
1550s, "to trouble, afflict, harass," later "to beat, thrash" (1560s), of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Middle French troncer "to cut, cut off a piece from," from tronce "piece of timber," from Old French tronc (see trunk). Related: Trounced; trouncing.