Definition of prance in English:



  • 1 (of a horse) move with high springy steps.

    ‘the pony was prancing around the paddock’
    • ‘Upon our approach, the roan whinnied and pranced a few steps, skittish.’
    • ‘He led her through the stables and out the back door to a fenced in area where several horses were prancing about.’
    • ‘Her horse raises its legs up high and prances with pride past them.’
    • ‘The man didn't glance in the woman's direction, but kept his attention on the auburn-haired girl in front of him, his horse prancing.’
    • ‘He slowed his horse to what was intended to be a walk, but really resembled an elevated prance as he strained forward, trying to run.’
    • ‘As the cat in the title, he magically prances through the land of imagination.’
    • ‘The horses pranced and reared in anxious impatience.’
    • ‘Every bump my horse pranced over made my stomach clench dangerously.’
    • ‘While many horses pranced or leapt from the trailer, he walked slowly down the ramp like a seasoned pro.’
    • ‘It's been like a miracle - he runs, prances, rolls on his back, just like he used to.’
    • ‘A beautiful silver horse had pranced out of the sky and lifted her up with it, carrying her away from any problems or dangers.’
    • ‘Behind her, the horses pranced, and Smith flinched.’
    • ‘The filly pranced into the winner's circle in high spirits.’
    • ‘Behind her, a horse - his horse - pranced about nervously, whinnying.’
    • ‘She watched the deer prance between trees and the small fox run across the path.’
    • ‘Families and organizations sponsored the carving of each of the 38 ponies that prance around the carousel, which opened in 1995.’
    • ‘After the last stallion pranced out of the arena, they brought out pens and slatted gates for the sheepdog trial.’
    • ‘I sat on my stained carpeted floor and watched the kitty prance around my room on an adventure, as I had for the past four days.’
    • ‘The horse was prancing excitedly, as if he was proud of himself as well.’
    • ‘The horses snorted and pranced in place, apparently sensing the oncoming danger.’
    1. 1.1(of a person) walk or move around with ostentatious, exaggerated movements.
      ‘she pranced around the lounge impersonating her favourite pop stars’
      • ‘The cast prances, postures, and palpitates appositely, fully aware that real acting would be de trop.’
      • ‘Is it that we like to dress up and put on makeup and dance and prance around?’
      • ‘There was no way, however, that I could just prance up to his chambers and demand that he explain himself.’
      • ‘Girls in tight, tiny clothing prance along in groups, following good-looking boys with baggy pants and colorful shirts.’
      • ‘Irene stands up and prances around the campfire.’
      • ‘She prances off backstage and I have to physically hold myself back from a scowl.’
      • ‘The young man struts, prances, like a kind of teenage prankster, with stink bombs and remote control detonators.’
      • ‘The guy in the rat mask, who is apparently also a milk man, prances around on stage for several seconds before the house wife takes an interest in his antics and approaches.’
      • ‘I'm starting to see the whole experience as a bizarre holiday, behaving like an uninvited guest who dresses up and prances around the football pitch every evening.’
      • ‘He then side-steps to his right and then prances off to his left with his baton still raised.’
      • ‘He wears iridescent formal clothes, prances around with a tapering rod that ignites anything it touches, and trails a gust of hot air.’
      • ‘I'll open this when I'm inside - I'm not sure you want to be there when I shriek with joy and prance all over the house with them on.’
      • ‘Because today I would have my fun watching that man prance around in my scarf.’
      • ‘He's the fit-looking man whose dancing frames glint in the sunlight as he spins, moonwalks and prances to a boom box, never stumbling or missing the beat.’
      • ‘I don't just prance up to her and hand it over, do I?’
      • ‘Watching him prance around the stage in that goofy knee-raising hop is quite a sight.’
      • ‘I think I'll just prance outside looking like the Bride of Frankenstein's ugly stepsister and scare everyone into unconsciousness.’
      • ‘This woman's step is light; she positively prances.’
      • ‘Do you think you can just prance around like that without me knowing where you're going?’
      • ‘The five of us watched them prance around to rather lame and aging dance material before we all wandered off in search of something more stimulating.’
      cavort, dance, jig, trip, caper, jump, leap, spring, bound, skip, hop
      parade, strut, swagger, swank
      frisk, gambol, romp, frolic, curvet
      sashay, cut a rug, cut the rug
      peacock, rollick, capriole
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  • An act or instance of prancing.

    • ‘The black horse rivaled the mare; he was of the same great size with a long black mane and a lively prance even as he stood tethered.’
    • ‘He had a prance in his step, which carried him to the table of the handsome woman.’
    • ‘Tall of body, long of leg, blonde of hair, heavy of spangles, she stepped right out with a megawatt grin and a snappy prance.’
    • ‘The little shy sounds of Schumann are constantly forgetting that they are shy or child-like and strutting out boastfully in an ineffective dash or prance.’
    • ‘She gave me a look of mock rage and slapped her mare into a prance, leading a little ways ahead of me.’
    • ‘After my lovely prance, I settled under some trees, rolling my towel out and pulling my sunglasses over my eyes.’
    • ‘I imagined she must have practiced hours at a time perfecting her petite prance in those lofty heels.’
    • ‘Then we watch him prance (yes, it is a prance, there is no other way to describe it) around the room and yell ‘WHOOO WHOOOOOO’ at the relevant sections.’


Late Middle English (as a verb): of unknown origin.