- The definition of a flounce is a wide ruffle sewn onto a skirt or sleeve.
An example of a flounce is a gathered edging at the bottom of a skirt.
- Flounce is defined as to bounce around using quick, jerking body movements.
An example of flounce is the routines done by high school cheerleaders at a football game.
intransitive verbflounced, flounc′ing
- to move with quick, flinging motions of the body, as in anger
- to twist or turn abruptly; jerk
Origin of flounceEarly ModE, origin, originally , to dive: from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Scand, as in Swedish dialect, dialectal flunsa, to dive, dip; uncertain or unknown; perhaps influenced, influence by bounce
Origin of flounceearlier frounce from Middle English from Old French fronce from froncir, to wrinkle from Frankish an unverified form hrunkja, wrinkle, akin to German runzel
transitive verbflounced, flounc′ing
transitive verbflounced, flounc·ing, flounc·es
Origin of flounceAlteration of frounce from Middle English pleat from Old French fronce of Germanic origin ; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.
intransitive verbflounced, flounc·ing, flounc·es
- a. To move in a lively or bouncy manner: The children flounced around the room in their costumes.b. To move with exaggerated or affected motions: flounced petulantly out of the house.
- To move clumsily; flounder.
Origin of flouncePossibly of Scandinavian origin
(third-person singular simple present flounces, present participle flouncing, simple past and past participle flounced)