- to spring from the hind legs; to move by springing, as a horse.
- to ride on a horse doing this.
- to ride gaily, proudly, or insolently.
- to move or go in an elated manner; cavort.
- to dance or move in a lively or spirited manner; caper.
- to cause to prance.
- the act of prancing; a prancing movement.
Origin of prance
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Examples from the Web for pranced
Prince may have pranced around like a carefree libertine onstage, but in rehearsal he was more drill sergeant than sprite.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’
January 1, 2015
The way you pranced and frolic around, dressed in so called Native American attire, is a mockery of our way of life and culture.The Uproar Over No Doubt’s Native American Video Gaffe
November 6, 2012
Ever since she pranced into the limelight last summer, Sarah Palin has been making liberals like me crazy.Run, Sarah, Run!
July 23, 2009
Pranced around prominently holding hideous orange bag, $1,290.Haggling Through the Apocalypse
February 27, 2009
He straddled one of the fencing foils and pranced across the room.The New Land
Elma Ehrlich Levinger
He scrambled from the table and pranced about the room like a horse with blind staggers.Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales
Robert L. Taylor
She tried on one of the white dresses first and pranced about the room with it.Peggy in Her Blue Frock
Eliza Orne White
Politicians, I believe, pranced about with fascinating agility.Gossamer
George A. Birmingham
After it pranced the local comandante, mounted, and a detachment of his troops.Cabbages and Kings
- (intr) to swagger or strut
- (intr) to caper, gambol, or dance about
- (of a horse) to move with high lively springing steps
- to ride a horse that moves in this way
- (tr) to cause to prance
- the act or an instance of prancing
Word Origin and History for pranced
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.