What does flounce mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. frill, flounce, ruffle, furbelownoun

    a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim

  2. flounceverb

    the act of walking with exaggerated jerky motions

  3. flounceverb

    walk emphatically


  1. flouncenoun

    A strip of decorative material, usually pleated, attached along one edge; a ruffle.

  2. flouncenoun

    The act of flouncing.

  3. flounceverb

    To move in an exaggerated, bouncy manner

  4. flounceverb

    To flounder; to make spastic motions.

  5. flounceverb

    To decorate with a flounce.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Flouncenoun

    Any thing sewed to the garment, and hanging loose, so as to swell and shake.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Nay, oft in dreams invention we bestow,
    To change a flounce, or add a furbelow. Alexander Pope.

    A muslin flounce, made very full, would be very agreeable. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Flounceverb

    To deck with flounces.

    She was flounced and furbelowed from head to foot; every ribbon was crinkled, and every part of her garments in curl. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 129.

    They have got into the fashion of flouncing the petticoat so very deep, that it looks like an entire coat of lutestring. Alexander Pope.

  3. To FLOUNCEverb

    Etymology: plonsen, Dutch, to plunge.

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

    Six flouncing Flanders mares
    Are e’en as good as any two of theirs. Matthew Prior.

    When I’m duller than a post,
    Nor can the plainest word pronounce,
    You neither fume, nor fret, nor flounce. Jonathan Swift.


  1. flounce

    Flounce can be used as a noun or a verb. As a noun, flounce refers to a wide ornamental strip of material, often gathered or pleated and attached to the edge of a piece of clothing, curtain, etc., used as a decorative embellishment. As a verb, flounce indicates the action of moving in an exaggerated, often impatient or angry manner, typically involving impetuous, dramatic, and exaggerated movements. It may also imply leaving a place or situation in a remarked manner to demonstrate one's displeasure or superior status.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flounceverb

    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

  2. Flouncenoun

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

  3. Flouncenoun

    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

  4. Flounceverb

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

  5. Etymology: [Cf. OSw. flunsa to immerge.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flounce

    flowns, v.i. to move abruptly or impatiently—n. an impatient gesture. [Prob. cog. with Norw. flunsa, to hurry, Sw. prov. flunsa, to souse.]

  2. Flounce

    flowns, n. a plaited strip sewed to the skirt of a dress.—v.t. to furnish with flounces.—n. Floun′cing, material for flounces. [Earlier form frounce—O. Fr. fronce, fronche, prob. from L. frons, forehead; or Old High Ger. runza, a wrinkle, Ger. runze.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flounce in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flounce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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  • волан, украсявам с волани, втурвам се, хвърлям сеBulgarian
  • VolantGerman
  • reunustaa, reunus, röyhelö, harppoa, röyhelöinti, [[koristella#Finnish, röyhelöidä, harppominen, [[poistua]] [[näyttävästi]]Finnish
  • volanRomanian
  • ukrasiti volanima, volan, otperjati, karnerSerbo-Croatian

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