flounce

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flounce walk emphatically
    • n flounce the act of walking with exaggerated jerky motions
    • n flounce a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Flounce 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.
    • n Flounce The act of floucing; a sudden, jerking motion of the body.
    • v. t Flounce To deck with a flounce or flounces; as, to flounce a petticoat or a frock.
    • v. i Flounce 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.""With his broad fins and forky tail he laves
      The rising sirge, and flounces in the waves."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flounce To make abrupt or agitated movements with the limbs and body; turn or twist as with sudden petulance or impatience; move with flings or turns, as if in displeasure or annoyance: as, to flounce out of a room.
    • n flounce A sudden fling or turn, as of the body.
    • n flounce A deep ruffle; a strip of any material used to decorate a garment, especially a skirt near the bottom, gathered or plaited at one edge, and loose and floating at the other, the gathered edge being sewed to the garment.
    • flounce To deck with flounces: as, to flounce a petticoat or a gown.
    • flounce To surround with something arranged like a flounce.
    • n flounce In saddlery, a covering for a pistol-holster, either of leather or bearskin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Flounce flowns to move abruptly or impatiently—n. an impatient gesture.
    • n Flounce flowns a plaited strip sewed to the skirt of a dress
    • v.t Flounce to furnish with flounces
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. G. flaus, flausch, a tuft of wool or hair; akin to vliess, E. fleece,; or perh. corrupted fr. rounce,

Usage

In literature:

She had been snarling with two or three of her classmates over the afternoon preparation, and had flounced off in a rage by herself.
"The Third Miss Symons" by Flora Macdonald Mayor
She got up, which I don't think she had meant to do, and flounced out of the room.
"The La Chance Mine Mystery" by Susan Carleton Jones
But in a twinkling there was a Titanic flounce, when behold, the black was above, the red below.
"Burl" by Morrison Heady
Their skirts, homespun, were made with what we used to call a Spanish flounce.
"A Wayfarer in China" by Elizabeth Kendall
I flounced away in a rage, and didn't go back for a great while.
"Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI" by Louisa M. Alcott
Marjorie glanced up from the flounce she was setting to rights.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
She is the ideal woman in feelings, faculties, and flounces.
"The Essays of "George Eliot" Complete" by George Eliot
To harmonise with the Dickens's garden it ought to have been white muslin with flounces and a pink sash.
"The Limit" by Ada Leverson
Smiling broadly, she flounced down the steps, the gold and jewels scattered over her person throwing off sparks in every direction.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The Pup, satisfied with this sign of submission, let him go at once, and he flounced off furiously into the water.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
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In poetry:

Then passed we to the maple grove,
Like a great hall of gold,
The yellow and the red we wove
In rustling flounce and fold.
"Beauty's Wardrobe" by Richard Le Gallienne
He sees me into supper go,
A silken wonder at my side,
Bare arms, bare shoulders, and a row
Of flounces, for the door too wide.
"Without And Withiin" by James Russell Lowell
She answered not, but lay listlessly
With her dark dry eyes on the coppery sea,
That now and then
Flung its lazy flounce at the neighbouring quay.
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy
"So vulgar! Have you noticed, pray,
An earthly belle or dashing bride walk,
And how her flounces track her way,
Like slimy serpents on the sidewalk?
"The First Fan" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Does there even a place like Saint-Juliot exist?
Or a Vallency Valley
With stream and leafed alley,
Or Beeny, or Bos with its flounce flinging mist?
"A Dream Or No" by Thomas Hardy
Picture that scene of gladness; the honest faces aglow;
The kiddies gaping and spellbound, as Billie strutted his stuff.
The stage with its starry candles, and there in the foremost row,
Millie, bright as a fairy, in radient flounce and fluff.
"The Ballad Of The Leather Medal" by Robert W Service

In news:

She puts on a blond wig, flounces around—it gets pretty involved—and makes jokes to the effect that the electric chair would be a lot more efficient if it were an electric sofa.
Wearing a dress and bonnet while flouncing around and speaking in a high-pitched whine, Peter Dinklage makes a far different impression in the new production of Molière's "The Imaginary Invalid" than.
A ruffle or flounce, as on a woman's skirt or petticoat.
It's called Flounce, but this earthy chair of undulating plywood is far from frilly.
Jonathan Racek modeled Flounce with a 3-D program, cut it by a computerized router, then laminated the 52 layers of plywood by hand.
About a dozen lithe young women in flowing skirts and heeled shoes are flouncing, stamping and twirling their way through an advanced flamenco class led by a 77-year-old man with wispy gray hair and a bald crown.
Suburban housewives flounce around in girdles cooking dinner while their husbands booze it up in the city.
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