Definitions for flounderˈflaʊn dər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

floun•derˈflaʊn dər(v.i.)

  1. to struggle with stumbling or plunging movements:

    to flounder in the mud.

  2. to struggle clumsily, helplessly, or falteringly:

    I floundered for an excuse.

Origin of flounder:

1570–80; perh. b. flounce1 and founder2

floun′der•ing•ly(adv.)

floun•derˈflaʊn dər(n.)(pl.)-der; -ders.

  1. any of the flatfishes of the families Pleuronectidae and Bothidae, esp. those valued as food, as the North Atlantic Platichthys flesus

    Category: Ichthyology, Cooking

    Ref: ( European flounder )

Origin of flounder:

1400–50; late ME < AF floundre < Scand; cf. Norw flundra

Princeton's WordNet

  1. flounder(noun)

    flesh of any of various American and European flatfish

  2. flounder(verb)

    any of various European and non-European marine flatfish

  3. stagger, flounder(verb)

    walk with great difficulty

    "He staggered along in the heavy snow"

  4. flounder(verb)

    behave awkwardly; have difficulties

    "She is floundering in college"

Wiktionary

  1. flounder(Verb)

    To flop around as a fish out of water.

  2. flounder(Verb)

    To make clumsy attempts to move or regain one's balance.

    Robert yanked Connie's leg vigorously, causing her to flounder and eventually fall.

  3. flounder

    To act clumsily or confused; to struggle or be flustered.

    He gave a good speech, but floundered when audience members asked questions he could not answer well.

  4. Origin: From flyðra\. Cognate with Danish flynder, German Flunder, Swedish flundra.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flounder(noun)

    a flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae, of many species

  2. Flounder(noun)

    a tool used in crimping boot fronts

  3. Flounder(verb)

    to fling the limbs and body, as in making efforts to move; to struggle, as a horse in the mire, or as a fish on land; to roll, toss, and tumble; to flounce

  4. Flounder(noun)

    the act of floundering

Freebase

  1. Flounder

    Flounder are a group of flatfish species. They are demersal fish found at the bottom of coastal lagoons and estuaries of the Northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Flounder

    Common name for two families of FLATFISHES belonging to the order Pleuronectiformes: left-eye flounders (Bothidae) and right-eye flounders (Pleuronectidae). The latter is more commonly used in research.


Translations for flounder

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

flounder(verb)

to move one's legs and arms violently and with difficulty (in water, mud etc)

She floundered helplessly in the mud.

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