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.

Nearby words

  1. pralltriller,
  2. pram,
  3. pramipexole,
  4. prana,
  5. pranava,
  6. prancer,
  7. prand.,
  8. prandial,
  9. prandially,
  10. prandtl

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

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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 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

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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