Definition of Flounce

1. Noun. A strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim.

Exact synonyms: Frill, Furbelow, Ruffle
Generic synonyms: Adornment
Specialized synonyms: Gauffer, Goffer, Jabot, Peplum
Derivative terms: Frilly, Ruffle

2. Verb. Walk emphatically. "They flounce up the hill"
Generic synonyms: Walk

3. Noun. The act of walking with exaggerated jerky motions.
Generic synonyms: Gait

Definition of Flounce

1. v. i. 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.

2. n. The act of floucing; a sudden, jerking motion of the body.

3. n. 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.

4. v. t. To deck with a flounce or flounces; as, to flounce a petticoat or a frock.

Definition of Flounce

1. Verb. To move in an exaggerated, bouncy manner ¹

2. Verb. (archaic) : To flounder; to make spastic motions. ¹

3. Verb. To decorate with a flounce. ¹

4. Noun. (sewing) A strip of decorative material, usually pleated, attached along one edge; a ruffle. ¹

5. Noun. The act of flouncing. ¹

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Definition of Flounce

1. to move with exaggerated motions [v FLOUNCED, FLOUNCING, FLOUNCES]

Medical Definition of Flounce

1. 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. Origin: Cf. G. Flaus, flausch, a tuft of wool or hair; akin to vliess, E. Fleece; or perh. Corrupted fr. Rounce. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Flounce

flotsam and jetsam
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Literary usage of Flounce

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1. Clothing for Women; Selection, Design, Construction: A Practical Manual for by Laura Irene Baldt (1916)
"Depth of flounce 12 inches 2. Width at top 72 inches 3. Width at bottom . .'. ... Depth of flounce.—Decide on the best depth for the height of the figure. ..."

2. A Dictionary for Primary Schools by Noah Webster (1838)
"flounce, n. trimming on ap- Floun'-der, v. г. to flounce, to Floun'-der, n. a small flat fish. Flour, n. fine part of grain. Flour, v. ..."

3. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"flounce of Pillow-made Lace à Réseau. Flemish, of the middle of the i7th century. This lace is usually thought to be the earliest type of "Point ..."

4. A Manual of Home-making by Martha Van Rensselaer, Flora Rose, Helen Canon (1919)
"For the bottom of a silk or sateen underskirt without a flounce or a dust ... An underskirt with a flounce should have the flounce set on the skirt with ..."

5. Belgium: Catalogue by Emile Verhaeren (1915)
"flounce in Flemish. 137. Large flounce in Embroidered Net, Lilies of the ... Small flounce in Flemish. 140. flounce in Binche. 141. flounce in Binche. 142. ..."

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