[ trouns ]
/ traʊns /

verb (used with object), trounced, trounc·ing.

to beat severely; thrash.
to punish.
to defeat decisively.

Nearby words

  1. troublous,
  2. troublously,
  3. trouch,
  4. trough,
  5. trough roof,
  6. troupe,
  7. trouper,
  8. troupial,
  9. trous-de-loup,
  10. trouse

Origin of trounce

First recorded in 1545–55; origin uncertain

Related formstrounc·er, nounun·trounced, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for trounce


/ (traʊns) /


(tr) to beat or defeat utterly; thrash

Word Origin for trounce

C16: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for trounce



1550s, "to trouble, afflict, harass," later "to beat, thrash" (1560s), of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Middle French troncer "to cut, cut off a piece from," from tronce "piece of timber," from Old French tronc (see trunk). Related: Trounced; trouncing.

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