prance

Definitions

  • He went prancing down a quiet street
    He went prancing down a quiet street
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v prance to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others "He struts around like a rooster in a hen house"
    • v prance ride a horse such that it springs and bounds forward
    • v prance cause (a horse) to bound spring forward
    • v prance spring forward on the hind legs "The young horse was prancing in the meadow"
    • n prance a proud stiff pompous gait
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prance To ride on a prancing horse; to ride in an ostentatious manner. "The insulting tyrant prancing o'er the field."
    • Prance To spring or bound, as a horse in high mettle. "Now rule thy prancing steed."
    • Prance To walk or strut about in a pompous, showy manner, or with warlike parade.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prance To make a show in walking; move proudly, lifting the feet with a rearing or capering motion: used of horses in high mettle.
    • prance To ride with a rearing or capering motion; ride gaily, proudly, or insolently.
    • prance To walk, strut, or caper in an elated, proud, or conceited manner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Prance prans to strut about in a showy or warlike manner: to ride showily: to bound gaily, as a horse
    • n Prance the action of a horse in rearing, bounding, &c
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Quotations

  • Emily Dickinson
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    “There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. prauncen,; probably akin to prank, v. t. See Prank

Usage

In literature:

He also gave him a beautiful prancing grey mouse as a charger.
"English Fairy Tales" by Flora Annie Steel
Blacky pranced with fire and intelligence, eager to reach out and leave behind him the sunny miles.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
Think of their faces when I prance in and say I am married!
"The Man and the Moment" by Elinor Glyn
No man of sense would use a prancing horse on a plow or a stone boat.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
The big horse pranced, whistling eagerly.
"The Trail Horde" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Somebody was prancing by at last.
"Ole Mammy's Torment" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Brandon did his best to save himself from being cut to pieces and the girls from being trampled under foot by the prancing horses.
"When Knighthood Was in Flower" by Charles Major
They came prancing up to him, all smiles and twinkles; they were boys of seventeen or eighteen.
"The Jester of St. Timothy's" by Arthur Stanwood Pier
They listened to his revilings in silence, gave way before him, and made a way for his prancing steed.
"Halil the Pedlar" by Mór Jókai
David pranced carelessly about the Little Missioner, poking him beautifully as he offered suggestions and criticism.
"The Courage of Marge O'Doone" by James Oliver Curwood
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In poetry:

Our own Australian artists
Made beautiful its halls --
The mighty steeds of Mahony
Pranced proudly on the walls.
"A Vision Splendid" by Victor James Daley
There's a fiddler in the street,
And the children all are dancing:
Two dozen lightsome feet
Springing and prancing.
"The Fiddler" by Robert Fuller Murray
Joying in his prancing steed,
Keen to prove his untried blade,
Hope's gay dreams the soldier lead
Over mountain, moor, and glade.
"Frederick and Alice" by Sir Walter Scott
"Round and round in the wild wind,
Faster and faster they prance;
The moon comes out and looks about,
And laughs to see them dance.
"March" by Nancy Byrd Turner
I will fall like a wind from the west
On the locks of thy prancing streams,
And sow the fields of thy rest
With handfuls of sweet young dreams.
"To My Mother Earth" by George MacDonald
They wheel and race and leap and prance,
And sometimes they are said to dance:
But always they will stand and stare
At anyone who passes there.
"At Play" by Mary Tourtel

In news:

The second longest-running Broadway show ever, 'Cats,' prances onto the local stage.
And that means our friend the aurora is back, delighting us regularly with its dancing and prancing.
Prancing Horse Annual Spring Barn Dance – Saturday, April 21, 2012 McLendon Hills Equestrian Center was the venue for the annual Prancing Horse Barn Dance held on Saturday, April 21.
Despite its obvious dance-music elements, it's really a freaky head-nodder—as are many of the cuts on Prance , which Rick Rab says will be released before the end of the year.
Prancing Horse is an all-volunteer organization that has helped individuals with special needs for more than 28 years.
Prancing with the pigs.
Dressage riders seek to show sport is more than 'horse prancing.
Love, to some people, invokes images of puppies and unicorns prancing about in a velvety field of rainbow-colored clover.
Diva Girl is a 1-year-one rat terrier mix who prances.
These Prancing Horses met their death on a Chinese highway just recently 458 + California RIP Dan.
A Country Colt Learns to Prance.
In an era where 60-somethings such as Mick Jagger and Steven Tyler prance around onstage pretending to be 25, Nick Lowe has revitalized his career by doing something completely unexpected - acting his age.
Ferrari's Italian Stallion Prances Around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Stephanie DummReindeer prance across this lawn on Eaglesfield Lane.
Without a shiny new rover prancing around on Mars shooting rocks with lasers, it can be tough for other NASA missions to get any attention these days.
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