prance

[prans, prahns]

verb (used without object), pranced, pranc·ing.

verb (used with object), pranced, pranc·ing.

to cause to prance.

noun

the act of prancing; a prancing movement.

Origin of prance

1325–75; Middle English prauncen, praunsen (v.); akin to Danish (dial.) pransk spirited, said of a horse
Related formspranc·er, nounpranc·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for prance

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Examples from the Web for prance

Contemporary Examples of prance

Historical Examples of prance

  • He gives it out that he's goin' to prance over to Red Dog an' lay for the Bug.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • If the beggar comes in suddenly, and starts to prance, I'll rip him up and be done with it!

    Victory

    Joseph Conrad

  • The thought that the beggar had started to prance darted through his mind.

    Victory

    Joseph Conrad

  • His spirit seemed to prance with joy like the horse beneath him.

    The False Chevalier

    William Douw Lighthall

  • No sooner had Prance confessed than he withdrew his confession.


British Dictionary definitions for prance

prance

verb

(intr) to swagger or strut
(intr) to caper, gambol, or dance about
(intr)
  1. (of a horse) to move with high lively springing steps
  2. to ride a horse that moves in this way
(tr) to cause to prance

noun

the act or an instance of prancing
Derived Formsprancer, nounprancingly, adverb

Word Origin for prance

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 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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