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Definition of "flounce" [flounce]

  • A strip of decorative, usually gathered or pleated material attached by one edge, as on a garment or curtain. (noun)
  • To trim with a strip or strips of gathered or pleated material. (verb-transitive)
  • To move in a lively or bouncy manner: The children flounced around the room in their costumes. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move with exaggerated or affected motions: flounced petulantly out of the house. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move clumsily; flounder. (verb-intransitive)

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.

Use "flounce" in a sentence
  • "The comment by conservatism is my antidrug @ 111 is what is called a flounce, the troll is begging to have this sock-puppet banned."
  • "In another town the awning from a shop window must not exceed a certain length, and you are told of a poor widow, who, having just had a new one put up at great expense, was compelled by the police to take the whole thing down, because the flounce was a quarter of an inch longer than the regulations prescribed."
  • "The muslin gowns had been very successful; the skirts fell in a straight line from the waistband high under their arms to their feet, one with a little edge of fine white embroidery, the other with a frill scarcely to be called a flounce round the foot."