Pounce is to jump on something, to take quick and decisive action or to swoop in and catch or attack something.(verb)
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Origin: ME pownce, talon, prob. altered < MFr poinçon, sharp instrument, stiletto: see puncheon
Origin: Fr ponce < L pumex, pumice
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verb pounced pounced, pounc·ing, pounc·es verb, intransitive
Origin: From Middle English, pointed tool, talon of a hawk
Origin: , perhaps variant of ponson, pointed tool; see puncheon1.
Origin: French ponce
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *pōmex, *pōmic-
Origin: , from Latin pūmex, pumice.
transitive verb pounced pounced, pounc·ing, pounc·es
Origin: Middle English pouncen
Origin: , probably from Old French poinssonner
Origin: , from poinson, pointed tool; see puncheon1.
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