Main definitions of flounce in English

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flounce1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Go or move in an exaggeratedly impatient or angry manner:

    ‘he stood up in a fury and flounced out’
    • ‘With a sarcastic ‘thanks’, she flounces off the bus.’
    • ‘She flounces off and leaves them all looking awkward.’
    • ‘She flounces home and stands outside of Lyn's house crying.’
    • ‘Making an angry noise, she turned and flounced out to the carriage.’
    • ‘Adrian nodded and watched her friend swiftly flounce out of the room.’
    • ‘She flounced a few inches away, then began tearing strips off the sheet.’
    • ‘Mr Posh was so miffed he flounced into training, lanky hair pushed back by an Alice band to show off his scar to the world, wearing the sort of sulk most three-year-olds would consider melodramatic.’
    • ‘‘Don't be a pillock,’ snapped Nicol and flounced off.’
    • ‘She gets a pouty face on and flounces over to Jacobs.’
    • ‘As the mischievous Adele, Sarah Asmar stomped or flounced around the stage, tossing off her numerous high notes as though they were nothing.’
    • ‘Ash looks at me, a hint of concern on his face while I choke on cookie and watch Elly stand up and flounce dramatically from the room.’
    • ‘The Rovers Return, being a soap opera pub, has seen its fair share of fisticuffs and flouncing out.’
    • ‘Tia watched the younger twin flounce out of the room as the older one came in.’
    • ‘As the others flounced and stamped their way through the jungle, Blackburn's equable temper won through.’
    • ‘I didn't know what last time was, but it had to have been bad because Kara's face colored and she seemed at a loss for words, picking to flounce off in a fury instead.’
    • ‘Matilda rebuffs this suggestion before flouncing off in a huff, leaving Henry certain that he's hit the nail on the head!’
    • ‘Friesinger, who had earlier flounced out of the German training camp and moved into a hotel because of the intensity of the media pressure, consoled herself with a gold in the 1,500m, her favourite distance.’
    • ‘Any self-respecting 17-year-old vegetarian would have flounced away in disgust, but instead my response marked the first flicker that my veggie years may be short-lived.’
    • ‘After an exchange of pleasantries the ambassador told Derry who our man was and which paper he represented, upon which Lord Wallpaper turned abruptly and flounced off.’
    • ‘And there is no use flouncing off to the rival Pontin's - it has found a new lease of life hosting indie festivals, such as All Tomorrow's Parties.’
    storm, stride angrily, sweep, stomp, stamp, march, strut, stalk
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noun

  • [in singular] An exaggerated action intended to express annoyance or impatience:

    ‘she left the room with a flounce’
    • ‘Seryna's distaste, while initially borne from Visbec's flounce and flirtatious mannerisms, had grown with an infatuation for Naoise.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: perhaps of Scandinavian origin and related to Norwegian flunsa hurry, or perhaps symbolic, like bounce or pounce.

Pronunciation:

flounce

/flaʊns/

Main definitions of flounce in English

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flounce2

noun

  • A wide ornamental strip of material gathered and sewn to a skirt or dress; a frill.

    • ‘They built a corset for me and added crinoline and flounces, and no one was the wiser - until the footbridge scene, the only love scene in the film.’
    • ‘Dancing lessons and ballet get gently ragged, as with a teacher dressed entirely in pink flounces.’
    • ‘There's an excess of flounces and frou-frou as swirling skirts, bangles, baubles, ribbons and bow trims come out to play.’
    • ‘It was a deep blue - rich and velvety, with several flounces and cream lace cuffs.’
    • ‘Miss Howitt's dress was in the height of fashion; blue silk spencer over a white round dress with several flounces at the hem, complemented by a yellow paisley shawl draped over her shoulders.’
    • ‘However, when fashion decreed crinolines, bustles, and fussy late-Victorian frills and flounces, Australia tried to follow.’
    • ‘Compared to the sophisticated aubergine walls and sparkling amethyst chandeliers of the dining room, the bedrooms have much more of a country-house feel, with lots of flounces and frills.’
    • ‘Collars and cuffs are an antidote to those frills and flounces.’
    • ‘Using seams, pleating and sculpting, Gaultier sent out silhouettes that traced the outline of the body then ended in dramatic flounces, drapes or pleats.’
    • ‘She did look a bit odd; she wore a slightly torn red dress, with puffy sleeves and flounces starting at her hips and reaching down to the floor.’
    • ‘While Tisci focused on black and oyster, Lacroix used a vast array of colors and along with the rich details of beads, laces, corsets, flounces and satin.’
    • ‘Add drama with flounces, lace and fringe in steamy matador looks.’
    • ‘The silhouette here is hourglass, with strong shoulders and hems flaring in sculptural flounces.’
    • ‘Puffed sleeves and flounces convey a playful, romantic look.’
    • ‘Ruffle necklines are big too, as well as fluted sleeves, hem flounces and ruched side panels.’
    • ‘Performances of femininity are all about adding on - breasts, makeup, sparkly boas, frills, and flounces.’
    • ‘The door swung open to reveal an auburn-haired teenager, wearing an embroidered, crimson gown, with dozens of flounces, a flattering waist and neck-line with matching scowl.’
    • ‘The theme of ‘charming and hippie’ is highlighted in floral designs and flounces which go together with boots and wide waistbelts.’
    • ‘Playfully tugging on her brown ponytail, he called for a strapless, mint green gown, a long tulle with many flounces of lace and sheer fabric.’
    • ‘It was fairly simple: having no frills or flounces, yet it was that simplicity that made the dress so appealing.’
    frill, ruffle, ruff, peplum, jabot, furbelow, ruche, ruching, gather, tuck, fringe
    purfle
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verb

as adjective flounced
  • Trimmed with a flounce or flounces:

    ‘a flounced skirt’
    • ‘Featuring four increasing layers of illusion netting and a flounced chapel length train, this gown is beautified by an all over floral embroidered and beaded pattern.’
    • ‘Women's attire consists of solid-colored or polka-dot dresses with tightly fitted bodices and flounced skirts and sleeves.’
    • ‘Try dressing your room with wicker baskets, and look for flounced or ruffled curtains, tablecloths and bedding.’
    • ‘She tucked the shirt into the frilly underskirt, worn under the wine colored flounced gypsy skirt.’
    • ‘The Zebra's stripes are revealed by pulling strips from a white flounced dress.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from an alteration of obsolete frounce ‘a fold or pleat’, from Old French fronce, of Germanic origin; related to ruck.

Pronunciation:

flounce

/flaʊns/