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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. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for trouncing


  1. (tr) to beat or defeat utterly; thrash

Word Origin for trounce

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for trouncing



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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