A horse prancing.
- The definition of a prance is a swagger or strut, or a horse's rise up onto hind legs.
An example of a prance is a show horse walking on its hind legs.
- Prance is defined as to move about on the hind legs, or to move with a swagger or strut.
An example of prance is for a deer to get up on its hind legs and jump around.
intransitive verbpranced, pranc′ing
- to rise up on the hind legs in a lively way, esp. while moving along: said of a horse
- to ride on a prancing horse
- to move about in a way suggestive of a prancing horse; caper
- to walk or move about in an affected or exaggerated manner
Origin of pranceMiddle English prauncen from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- an act or instance of prancing
- a prancing movement
verbpranced, pranc·ing, pranc·es
- a. To spring forward on the hind legs. Used of a horse.b. To spring or bound forward in a manner reminiscent of a spirited horse.
- To ride a horse moving in such a fashion.
- To step in a lively and showy manner: He pranced around the apartment in his underwear.
Origin of pranceMiddle English prauncen
- (uncommon) The act of prancing.
(third-person singular simple present prances, present participle prancing, simple past and past participle pranced)