An example of trounce is when you beat someone by 20 to 1.
transitive verbtrounced, trounc′ing
- to beat; thrash; flog
- Informal to defeat soundly
Origin of trouncefrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
transitive verbtrounced, trounc·ing, trounc·es
- To thrash; beat: “A crew of clean-cut thugs trounced him as he stepped out of a taxi into the unlit street” ( Christropher Hunt )
- To defeat decisively: The mayor was trounced in the election.
- To criticize severely: The play was trounced by reviewers.
Origin of trounceOrigin unknown
(third-person singular simple present trounces, present participle trouncing, simple past and past participle trounced)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.