Definition of ponce around/about in US English:

ponce around/about

phrasal verb

British
informal
  • Behave in a ridiculous, ineffective, or posturing way.

    ‘I ponced around in front of the mirror’
    • ‘Billy is a Mike Tyson-shaped American who runs his class from a gym full of real people - quite unlike the odour-free folk poncing around in front of pastel gazebos that you see in the British videos.’
    • ‘They're all poncing around in aprons with their trousers rolled up and their left breasts exposed.’
    • ‘I have to admit that at first I was very sceptical and cynical about all these movie people poncing around in Cannes.’
    • ‘So many people there were just poncing around in rubber outfits.’
    • ‘The idea of him poncing around in everything but doublet and hose in John Byrne's acerbic working-class comedy is hilarious and, showman that he is, Gray tells it with much self-deprecating laughter.’
    • ‘Ranulf's real name - when he's not poncing around in a Viking costume - is Dave Vale.’
    • ‘The last thing we need is another generation of political committees, poncing around the country.’
    • ‘Strangely the minute the cameras left the room they all stopped poncing around and ate fairly quietly too.’
    • ‘The menu was sumptuous and fairly daring (we skipped the ‘calf's snout’ and the ‘jaw with endives’) and the waiters were smarter than the clients, but Spaniards are innately informal so no one was poncing around in cummerbunds and cravats.’
    • ‘Nothing worse than seeing all those smug Lib Dems poncing around, as if they own the place.’