flouncing

[ floun-sing ]
/ ˈflaʊn sɪŋ /

noun

material used in making flounces.
trimming consisting of a flounce.

Origin of flouncing

First recorded in 1760–70; flounce2 + -ing1

Definition for flouncing (2 of 3)

flounce1
[ flouns ]
/ flaʊns /

verb (used without object), flounced, flounc·ing.

to go with impatient or impetuous, exaggerated movements: The star flounced out of the studio in a rage.
to throw the body about spasmodically; flounder.

noun

an act or instance of flouncing; a flouncing movement.

Origin of flounce

1
1535–45; of obscure origin; perhaps akin to Norwegian flunsa to hurry

SYNONYMS FOR flounce

Definition for flouncing (3 of 3)

flounce2
[ flouns ]
/ flaʊns /

noun

a strip of material gathered or pleated and attached at one edge, with the other edge left loose or hanging: used for trimming, as on the edge of a skirt or sleeve or on a curtain, slipcover, etc.

verb (used with object), flounced, flounc·ing.

to trim with flounces.

Origin of flounce

2
First recorded in 1665–75; alteration of obsolete frounce wrinkle
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British Dictionary definitions for flouncing (1 of 3)

flouncing
/ (ˈflaʊnsɪŋ) /

noun

material, such as lace or embroidered fabric, used for making flounces

British Dictionary definitions for flouncing (2 of 3)

flounce1
/ (flaʊns) /

verb

(intr; often foll by about, away, out, etc) to move or go with emphatic or impatient movements

noun

the act of flouncing

Word Origin for flounce

C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian flunsa to hurry, Swedish flunsa to splash

British Dictionary definitions for flouncing (3 of 3)

flounce2
/ (flaʊns) /

noun

an ornamental gathered ruffle sewn to a garment by its top edge

Word Origin for flounce

C18: from Old French fronce wrinkle, from froncir to wrinkle, of Germanic origin
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