prance

[ prans, prahns ]
/ præns, prɑns /

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 forms

pranc·er, nounpranc·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for prance

prance

/ (prɑːns) /

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 Forms

prancer, 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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