Definition of "flounder" []

  • To make clumsy attempts to move or regain one's balance. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move or act clumsily and in confusion. See Synonyms at blunder. See Usage Note at founder1. (verb-intransitive)
  • The act of floundering. (noun)
  • Any of various marine flatfishes of the families Bothidae and Pleuronectidae, which include important food fishes. (noun)
  • To struggle; to move with difficulty, as in mud (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To behave awkwardly; make mistakes (verb)
  • The act of floundering (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "flounder" in a sentence
  • "In Baja California, flounder is most often served as a filet stuffed with seafood - filete relleno - or breaded and fried - filete empanizado."
  • "Leaving our progressives to flounder is not working for me and have been very busy this morning telling them I am not going to support them if they continue to support all these bad policies of the Bush administration … .."
  • "But he could lose his job quickly if the Royals again flounder early in the season."