verb (used without object)
Related formsfloun·der·ing·ly, adverbun·floun·der·ing, adjective
Examples from the Web for floundering
His November 2007 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner speech in Iowa jump-started a floundering campaign.
There between the third and fourth version of “Sheep in Fog” is the shift that sets Plath floundering and signals her desperation.Sylvia Plath’s Darkest Sea: What an Unveiled Draft Poem Reveals|Olivia Cole|May 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In this case, Santorum received a major assist from Ron Paul, who left Romney floundering in an embarrassingly weak third.Rick Santorum Reshuffles the GOP Primary Deck With MN, MO Wins|Michelle Cottle|February 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
When she graduated from Mount Holyoke College, leaving behind an undistinguished record, she was floundering.
But it may be a little less valuable than it seemed until recently, unless a floundering economy dooms the current president.
Floundering and slipping in the mud, the Blues steadily pounded their way down to the "Maroon's" goal.Bert Wilson on the Gridiron|J. W. Duffield
He was floundering in a perfect mire, composed of the dust of conflict mingled with penitential tears.The Brentons|Anna Chapin Ray
After floundering about for an hour or two, I suddenly came out upon a little clearing.Our Southern Highlanders|Horace Kephart
They were three days floundering through this dismal slough, the horses being most of the time up to their girths in the morass.Hernando Cortez|John S. C. Abbott
I heard Brumley floundering and swearing behind and went back to pull him out of a bottomless ditch.The Escape of a Princess Pat|George Pearson