[ prans, prahns ]
/ præns, prɑns /
verb (used without object), pranced, pranc·ing.
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.
verb (used with object), pranced, pranc·ing.
to cause to prance.
the act of prancing; a prancing movement.
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Origin of prance
1325–75; Middle English prauncen, praunsen (v.); akin to Danish (dial.) pransk spirited, said of a horse
OTHER WORDS FROM pranceprancer, nounpranc·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for prance
/ (prɑːns) /
(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
Derived forms of pranceprancer, 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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