- 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
- (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 prancer
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.