imperfect & past participle Flounced (flounst); present participle & verbal noun Flouncing., Confer OSw. flunsa to immerge.
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. To flutter and flounce will do nothing but batter and bruise us. Barrow. With his broad fins and forky tail he laves The rising sirge, and flounces in the waves. Addison.
Confer German flaus, flausch, a tuft of wool or hair; akin to vliess, (English) fleece; or perhaps corrupted from rounce.
The act of floucing; a sudden, jerking motion of the body.
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.
To deck with a flounce or flounces; as, to flounce a petticoat or a frock.
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flounce (plural flounces) (sewing) A strip of decorative material, usually pleated, attached along one edge; a ruffle. The act of flouncing.
flounce (third-person singular simple present flounces, present participle flouncing, simple past and past participle flounced) To move in an exaggerated, bouncy manner. (archaic) To flounder; to make spastic motions. Barrow To flutter and flounce will do nothing but batter and bruise us. Addison With his broad fins and forky tail he laves / The rising surge, and flounces in the waves. To decorate with a flounce. To leave a group dramatically, in a way that draws attention to oneself. After failing to win the leadership election, he flounced dramatically. 2002 September 9, PButler111, “Re: OT - Sept. 11th?”, alt.fan.barry-manilow, Usenet: You got your ass kicked and instead of admitting you might have made a mistake, you flounced. 2012 August 7, Gaby Hinsliff, “The lessons of Louise Mensch's departure? There are none”, The Guardian: But love Mensch or hate her, don't buy the line that she merely got bored and flounced: for whatever else she achieved in politics, she was never exactly stuck for ways to make it interesting.
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