[prans, prahns]

verb (used without object), pranced, pranc·ing.

verb (used with object), pranced, pranc·ing.

to cause to prance.


the act of prancing; a prancing movement.

Origin of prance

1325–75; Middle English prauncen, praunsen (v.); akin to Danish (dial.) pransk spirited, said of a horse
Related formspranc·er, nounpranc·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for prance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prancing

Contemporary Examples of prancing

Historical Examples of prancing

  • They were then halfway to the ship, with Murgatroyd prancing on ahead.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • He's a prancing beast, and so we mustn't startle him—not till I have located the stuff.


    Joseph Conrad

  • “Heap big Injun chief,” announced Bobby, prancing about in his suit.

  • Now the fame of Prue and her prancing was not long pent up in Carthage.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • I'd have had you prancing to the tune of the wedding march before now.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

British Dictionary definitions for prancing



(intr) to swagger or strut
(intr) to caper, gambol, or dance about
  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


the act or an instance of prancing
Derived Formsprancer, 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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Word Origin and History for prancing



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.

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