verb (used without object), pranced, pranc·ing.
verb (used with object), pranced, pranc·ing.
Origin of prance
Synonyms for prance
- (of a horse) to move with high lively springing steps
- to ride a horse that moves in this way
Word Origin for prance
1560s, originally thieves' slang for "a horse," agent noun from 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.