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prance

[ prans, prahns ]
/ præns, prɑns /
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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.
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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 prance

prancer, 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 forms of prance

prancer, 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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