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Confer (Swedish) flundra; akin to (Danish) flynder, (Icelandic) fly, German flunder, and perhaps to (English) flounder, intransitive verb


1. (Zoölogy) A flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae, of many species.

Note: The common English flounder is Pleuronectes flesus. There are several common American species used as food; as the smooth flounder (P. glabra); the rough or winter flounder (P. Americanus); the summer flounder, or plaice (Paralichthys dentatus), Atlantic coast; and the starry flounder (Pleuronectes stellatus).

2. (Bootmaking) A tool used in crimping boot fronts.

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imperfect & past participle Floundered; present participle & verbal noun Floundering., Confer (Dutch) flodderen to flap, splash through mire, (English) flounce, intransitive verb, and flounder the fish.


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. They have floundered on from blunder to blunder. Sir (Welsh) Hamilton.



The act of floundering.

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flounder (plural flounders or flounder) A European species of flatfish having dull brown colouring with reddish-brown blotches; fluke, European flounder, Platichthys flesus. (North America) Any of various flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae or Bothidae. A bootmaker's tool for crimping boot fronts. This entry needs a photograph or drawing for illustration. Please try to find a suitable image on Wikimedia Commons or upload one there yourself! Particularly: "the bootmaker's tool"


flounder (third-person singular simple present flounders, present participle floundering, simple past and past participle floundered) (intransitive) To flop around as a fish out of water. (intransitive) To make clumsy attempts to move or regain one's balance. Robert yanked Connie's leg vigorously, causing her to flounder and eventually fall. (intransitive) To act clumsily or confused; to struggle or be flustered. Sir W. Hamilton They have floundered on from blunder to blunder. He gave a good speech, but floundered when audience members asked questions he could not answer well. 1996, Janette Turner Hospital, Oyster, Virago Press, paperback edition, page 136 He is assessing directions, but he is not lost, not floundering.



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