Main definitions of flounce in English

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flounce1

verb

  • no object, with adverbial of direction Go or move in an exaggeratedly impatient or angry manner.

    ‘he stood up in a fury and flounced out’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Matilda rebuffs this suggestion before flouncing off in a huff, leaving Henry certain that he's hit the nail on the head!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She gets a pouty face on and flounces over to Jacobs.’
    • ‘‘Don't be a pillock,’ snapped Nicol and flounced off.’
    • ‘With a sarcastic ‘thanks’, she flounces off the bus.’
    • ‘Making an angry noise, she turned and flounced out to the carriage.’
    • ‘She flounces home and stands outside of Lyn's house crying.’
    • ‘The Rovers Return, being a soap opera pub, has seen its fair share of fisticuffs and flouncing out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She flounces off and leaves them all looking awkward.’
    • ‘As the mischievous Adele, Sarah Asmar stomped or flounced around the stage, tossing off her numerous high notes as though they were nothing.’
    storm, stride angrily, sweep, stomp, stamp, march, strut, stalk
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noun

  • 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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The theme of ‘charming and hippie’ is highlighted in floral designs and flounces which go together with boots and wide waistbelts.’
    • ‘Puffed sleeves and flounces convey a playful, romantic look.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ruffle necklines are big too, as well as fluted sleeves, hem flounces and ruched side panels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, when fashion decreed crinolines, bustles, and fussy late-Victorian frills and flounces, Australia tried to follow.’
    • ‘It was a deep blue - rich and velvety, with several flounces and cream lace cuffs.’
    • ‘Add drama with flounces, lace and fringe in steamy matador looks.’
    • ‘Using seams, pleating and sculpting, Gaultier sent out silhouettes that traced the outline of the body then ended in dramatic flounces, drapes or pleats.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Collars and cuffs are an antidote to those frills and flounces.’
    • ‘Performances of femininity are all about adding on - breasts, makeup, sparkly boas, frills, and flounces.’
    • ‘The silhouette here is hourglass, with strong shoulders and hems flaring in sculptural flounces.’
    • ‘Dancing lessons and ballet get gently ragged, as with a teacher dressed entirely in pink flounces.’
    • ‘It was fairly simple: having no frills or flounces, yet it was that simplicity that made the dress so appealing.’
    • ‘There's an excess of flounces and frou-frou as swirling skirts, bangles, baubles, ribbons and bow trims come out to play.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    frill, ruffle, ruff, peplum, jabot, furbelow, ruche, ruching, gather, tuck, fringe
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verb

as adjective flounced
  • Trimmed with a flounce or flounces.

    ‘a flounced skirt’
    • ‘Women's attire consists of solid-colored or polka-dot dresses with tightly fitted bodices and flounced skirts and sleeves.’
    • ‘She tucked the shirt into the frilly underskirt, worn under the wine colored flounced gypsy 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.’
    • ‘The Zebra's stripes are revealed by pulling strips from a white flounced dress.’
    • ‘Try dressing your room with wicker baskets, and look for flounced or ruffled curtains, tablecloths and bedding.’

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/