Flounce (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Flounced (flounst); p. pr. & vb. n. Flouncing (?).] [Cf. OSw. flunsa to immerge.]

To throw the limbs and body one way and the other; to spring, turn, or twist with sudden effort or violence; to struggle, as a horse in mire; to flounder; to throw one's self with a jerk or spasm, often as in displeasure.

To flutter and flounce will do nothing but batter and bruise us. Barrow.

With his broad fins and forky tail he laves The rising sirge, and flounces in the waves. Addison.


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Flounce (?), n.

The act of floucing; a sudden, jerking motion of the body.


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Flounce, n. [Cf. G. flaus, flausch, a tuft of wool or hair; akin to vliess, E. fleece; or perh. corrupted fr. rounce.]

An ornamental appendage to the skirt of a woman's dress, consisting of a strip gathered and sewed on by its upper edge around the skirt, and left hanging.


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Flounce, v. t.

To deck with a flounce or flounces; as, to flounce a petticoat or a frock.


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