Thursday, April 25, 2013
flounder verb [FLOUN-der] to struggle clumsily or helplessly: He floundered helplessly on the first day of his new job.
Definitions for flounder
- to struggle clumsily or helplessly: He floundered helplessly on the first day of his new job.
- to struggle with stumbling or plunging movements (usually followed by about, along, on, through, etc.): He saw the child floundering about in the water.
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Citations for flounder
...we flounder, we lose breath, on the other hand—that is we fail, not of continuity, but of an agreeable unity, of the "roundness" in which beauty and lucidity largely reside—when we go in, as they say, for great lengths and breadths.
Guilt and defensiveness are bricks in a wall against which we all flounder; they serve none of our futures.
Origin of flounder
Though the origin of flounder is unknown, it is thought to have come from the Dutch flodderen meaning "to flop about." This verb entered English in the late sixteenth century.