flounder

Definitions

  • The winter flounder
    The winter flounder
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flounder walk with great difficulty "He staggered along in the heavy snow"
    • v flounder behave awkwardly; have difficulties "She is floundering in college"
    • n flounder any of various European and non-European marine flatfish
    • n flounder flesh of any of various American and European flatfish
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Flounder (Zoöl) A flatfish of the family Pleuronectidæ, of many species.
    • Flounder (Bootmaking) A tool used in crimping boot fronts.
    • n Flounder The act of floundering.
    • v. i Flounder 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flounder To make clumsy efforts with the limbs and body when hampered in some manner; struggle awkwardly or impotently; toss; tumble about, as in mire or snow.
    • flounder Figuratively, to grope uncertainly or confusedly, as for ideas or facts; speak or act with imperfect knowledge or discernment; make awkward or abortive efforts for extrication from errors of speech or conduct.
    • n flounder The act of struggling or splashing about, as in mire or other hampering medium: as, with a desperate flounder he freed himself.
    • n flounder A flatfish; a fish of the family Pleuronectidæ. The name applies to some or any such fish.
    • n flounder A tool whose edge is used to stretch the leather for a boot-front on a blocking-board.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Flounder flown′dėr to struggle with violent and awkward motion: to stumble helplessly in thinking or speaking.
    • n Flounder flown′dėr a small flat-fish, generally found in the sea near the mouth of rivers.
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Quotations

  • George Halas
    George Halas
    “Many people flounder about in life because they do not have a purpose, an objective toward which to work.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Sw. flundra,; akin to Dan. flynder, Icel. flyra, G. flunder, and perh. to E. flounder, v.i
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Anglo-Fr., floundre, O. Fr. flondre, most prob. of Scand. origin; cf. Ice. flyðra, Sw. flundra.

Usage

In literature:

Then the floundering figures caught him up, and he was carried to the circle of snow-mounds.
"The Grizzly King" by James Oliver Curwood
Through mud and water we floundered and fell, the night being dark.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
Not only that, but in floundering about she had rolled over the side of the boat.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls Afloat" by Janet Aldridge
If you take a bright light you can walk right up to the flounder without alarming him.
"Boy Scouts in Southern Waters" by G. Harvey Ralphson
It should surely be your pride to lift them out of the desperate mire you claim they are floundering in.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
Daylight had not broken across the prairie when, floundering through a foot of dusty snow, Winston reached the Grange.
"Winston of the Prairie" by Harold Bindloss
He began to flounder interrogatively, but the visitor abruptly checked him.
"The Daughter of Anderson Crow" by George Barr McCutcheon
He floundered on until midnight.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The moment I begin to think about that sort of thing I feel that I am floundering.
"His Masterpiece" by Emile Zola
Nor the ground fish, plaice, sole, flounders, halibut.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Utterly exhausted after a fruitless effort to flounder forward, he sat down upon his flatsled, and looked out over the silent snow waste.
"The Story of Grenfell of the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
In his passage he wrenched floundering bodies aside and kicked and struck at floundering legs and arms.
"The Harbor Master" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
The Sergeant, satisfied, turned and floundered through the drifts to the bank of the stream.
"Molly McDonald" by Randall Parrish
They could hear the canvas ripping; and the noise of the floundering hordes just outside was still going on.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls in the Hills" by Janet Aldridge
He took off his hat and made a floundering rush at the mare.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
She stumbled and floundered hopelessly, getting redder and redder with shame.
"The Luckiest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
Clean and split two flounders and take out all the small bones.
"How to Cook Fish" by Olive Green
We floundered on, enveloped in a gray gloom like that of an eclipse.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
They found Pike floundering around in the water, yelling lustily for aid.
"The Rover Boys on the Farm" by Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
We must flounder on.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
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In poetry:

My ram and tripping Toppa,
the two I loved unduly,
fetching but foolish creatures,
floundered around the ice-slopes.
"The Pipit" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
And glittering and frittering,
And gathering and feathering,
And whitening and brightening,
And quivering and shivering,
And hurrying and skurrying,
And thundering and floundering;
"The Cataract of Lodore" by Robert Southey
I love the tapering rod to wield,
And cast the sensitive float,
Till down it runs with the line outreel'd
And a fierce old pike, still scorning to yield,
Flounders about in the boat:
"Tangley Pond" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
The fish called the FLOUNDER, perhaps you may know,
Has one side for use and another for show;
One side for the public, a delicate brown,
And one that is white, which he always keeps down.
"Verses For After-Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
A very young flounder, the flattest of flats,
(And they 're none of them thicker than opera hats,)
Was speaking more freely than charity taught
Of a friend and relation that just had been caught.
"Verses For After-Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Snowy! To think that parson cove would go
An' let me down to flounder in the mud,
An' scheme, an' lie, an' work the game reel low,
To come a thud!
"Yeh mean to say," I arsts, mad as can be,
"Yeh've fixed all this without consultin' me?
"The Also-Ran" by C J Dennis

In news:

Obama's approval up while Republicans in Congress flounder .
Watch Mary Ann Esposito make Stuffed Flounder at CiaoItalia.com.
Without investing in higher education, Missouri will flounder .
Bill Cochran's Outdoors: Lower flounder limit doesn't necessarily mean more fish for the frying pan.
New York officials say stocks of summer flounder have rebounded to a point they'll allow more and smaller fish to be taken this year.
Why Suburban Office Markets Will Continue to Flounder .
As the Eagles flounder , the Phillies sail smoothly on.
The Freedom to Flounder .
Man embedded flounder spear in thief's skull, court told.
As the Mets Flounder , Gómez Could Be a Catch.
Characters Flounder in Tough Love and Denial in 'Country Girl'.
What is it about flounder that seems to get y'all so riled up.
Browns again lean on Phil Dawson as Pat Shurmur, red zone offense flounder .
Little Mermaid & Flounder .
Harmony age 2 & her little dog Dumplin loved dressing up as the Little Mermaid & Flounder for Halloween.
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In science:

But it’s not just a matter of physics floundering.
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort
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