What does flounder mean?

Definitions for flounderˈflaʊn dər

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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"


  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

  5. Origin: [Cf. Sw. flundra; akin to Dan. flynder, Icel. flyra, G. flunder, and perh. to E. flounder, v.i.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flounder

    flown′dėr, v.i. to struggle with violent and awkward motion: to stumble helplessly in thinking or speaking. [Prob. an onomatopœic blending of the sound and sense of earlier words like founder, blunder. Skeat compares Dut. flodderen, to splash.]

  2. Flounder

    flown′dėr, n. a small flat-fish, generally found in the sea near the mouth of rivers. [Anglo-Fr., floundre, O. Fr. flondre, most prob. of Scand. origin; cf. Ice. flyðra, Sw. flundra.]

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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flounder in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flounder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Paul Jacobs:

    God was looking out for us, because for several days we had seas as flat as a flounder.

  2. David Cockfield:

    Oil doesn't seem to be able to find any point where it can stop falling. We really have to see the price of oil consolidate somewhere, the TSX is going to continue to flounder until we see some light at the end of the tunnel as far as the oil stocks and oil prices are concerned.

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