What does prance mean?

Definitions for prance
præns, prɑnsprance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. strut, prance, swaggerverb

    a proud stiff pompous gait

  2. tittup, swagger, ruffle, prance, strut, sashay, cockverb

    to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others

    "He struts around like a rooster in a hen house"

  3. pranceverb

    spring forward on the hind legs

    "The young horse was prancing in the meadow"

  4. pranceverb

    cause (a horse) to bound spring forward

  5. pranceverb

    ride a horse such that it springs and bounds forward


  1. prancenoun

    The act of prancing.

  2. pranceverb

    To spring forward on the hind legs.

  3. pranceverb

    To strut about.

  4. Etymology: From prancen, prauncen, variant of pranken. Cognate with prangezen, prangssen, pranzen. More at prank.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PRANCEverb

    Etymology: pronken, Dutch, to set one’s self to show.

    Here’s no fantastick mask, nor dance,
    But of our kids that frisk and prance;
    Nor wars are seen,
    Unless upon the green,
    Two harmless lambs are butting one the other. Henry Wotton.

    With mud fill’d high, the rumbling cart draws near,
    Now rule thy prancing steeds, lac’d charioteer. John Gay.

    Far be the spirit of the chace from them,
    To spring the fence, to rein the prancing steed. James Thomson.

    The horses hoofs were broken by means of the prancings, the prancings of their mighty ones. Judges v. 22.

    I see
    Th’ insulting tyrant, prancing o’er the field,
    Strow’d with Rome’s citizens, and drench’d in slaughter,
    His horses hoofs wet with patrician blood. Addison.

    We should neither have meat to eat, nor manufacture to cloathe us, unless we could prance about in coats of mail, or eat brass. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Prance

    Prance is a surname.


  1. prance

    Prance refers to the action of moving with high, springy, exaggerated steps, typically in a joyful or energetic manner. It is often associated with horses when they move with high and light steps, but it can also refer to people or other animals exhibiting a similar behavior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pranceverb

    to spring or bound, as a horse in high mettle

  2. Pranceverb

    to ride on a prancing horse; to ride in an ostentatious manner

  3. Pranceverb

    to walk or strut about in a pompous, showy manner, or with warlike parade

  4. Etymology: [OE. prauncen; probably akin to prank, v. t. See Prank.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prance

    prans, v.i. to strut about in a showy or warlike manner: to ride showily: to bound gaily, as a horse.—adj. Pranc′ing, riding showily: springing or bounding gaily.—n. the action of a horse in rearing, bounding, &c.—adv. Pranc′ingly. [Prank.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. prance

    To spring or bound, as a horse in high mettle. To walk or strut about in a showy manner, or with warlike parade.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Prance is ranked #110825 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Prance surname appeared 159 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Prance.

    91.8% or 146 total occurrences were White.
    3.7% or 6 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prance in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of prance in a Sentence

  1. Mickey Mehta:

    Bring back your innocence and be a child once more, spring back in life. Dance in the rains, prance in your pains, wonder at the stars and romance the skies & get in tune with natural rhythms & get naturalized. Grow and know in the lap of mother nature and be MickeyMized.

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