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’
    • ‘Making an angry noise, she turned and flounced out to the carriage.’
    • ‘As the others flounced and stamped their way through the jungle, Blackburn's equable temper won through.’
    • ‘The Rovers Return, being a soap opera pub, has seen its fair share of fisticuffs and flouncing out.’
    • ‘She flounces off and leaves them all looking awkward.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the mischievous Adele, Sarah Asmar stomped or flounced around the stage, tossing off her numerous high notes as though they were nothing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Don't be a pillock,’ snapped Nicol and flounced off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She gets a pouty face on and flounces over to Jacobs.’
    • ‘With a sarcastic ‘thanks’, she flounces off the bus.’
    • ‘Matilda rebuffs this suggestion before flouncing off in a huff, leaving Henry certain that he's hit the nail on the head!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She flounced a few inches away, then began tearing strips off the sheet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tia watched the younger twin flounce out of the room as the older one came in.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Adrian nodded and watched her friend swiftly flounce out of the room.’
    • ‘She flounces home and stands outside of Lyn's house crying.’
    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.

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

  • Trimmed with a flounce or flounces.

    ‘a flounced skirt’
    • ‘The Zebra's stripes are revealed by pulling strips from a white flounced dress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Try dressing your room with wicker baskets, and look for flounced or ruffled curtains, tablecloths and bedding.’
    • ‘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.’

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/