Definition of prance in US English:

prance

verb

  • 1no object, with adverbial of direction (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.’
    • ‘She watched the deer prance between trees and the small fox run across the path.’
    • ‘He led her through the stables and out the back door to a fenced in area where several horses were prancing about.’
    • ‘The filly pranced into the winner's circle in high spirits.’
    • ‘The horses snorted and pranced in place, apparently sensing the oncoming danger.’
    • ‘A beautiful silver horse had pranced out of the sky and lifted her up with it, carrying her away from any problems or dangers.’
    • ‘Her horse raises its legs up high and prances with pride past them.’
    • ‘It's been like a miracle - he runs, prances, rolls on his back, just like he used to.’
    • ‘Every bump my horse pranced over made my stomach clench dangerously.’
    • ‘The horses pranced and reared in anxious impatience.’
    • ‘Behind her, the horses pranced, and Smith flinched.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After the last stallion pranced out of the arena, they brought out pens and slatted gates for the sheepdog trial.’
    • ‘While many horses pranced or leapt from the trailer, he walked slowly down the ramp like a seasoned pro.’
    • ‘The horse was prancing excitedly, as if he was proud of himself as well.’
    • ‘Behind her, a horse - his horse - pranced about nervously, whinnying.’
    • ‘Families and organizations sponsored the carving of each of the 38 ponies that prance around the carousel, which opened in 1995.’
    1. 1.1 (of a person) walk or move around with ostentatious, exaggerated movements.
      ‘she pranced around the lounge impersonating her favorite pop stars’
      • ‘This woman's step is light; she positively prances.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The young man struts, prances, like a kind of teenage prankster, with stink bombs and remote control detonators.’
      • ‘I don't just prance up to her and hand it over, do I?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Watching him prance around the stage in that goofy knee-raising hop is quite a sight.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Do you think you can just prance around like that without me knowing where you're going?’
      • ‘Girls in tight, tiny clothing prance along in groups, following good-looking boys with baggy pants and colorful shirts.’
      • ‘I think I'll just prance outside looking like the Bride of Frankenstein's ugly stepsister and scare everyone into unconsciousness.’
      • ‘He then side-steps to his right and then prances off to his left with his baton still raised.’
      • ‘She prances off backstage and I have to physically hold myself back from a scowl.’
      • ‘He wears iridescent formal clothes, prances around with a tapering rod that ignites anything it touches, and trails a gust of hot air.’
      • ‘Because today I would have my fun watching that man prance around in my scarf.’
      • ‘The cast prances, postures, and palpitates appositely, fully aware that real acting would be de trop.’
      • ‘Irene stands up and prances around the campfire.’
      • ‘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.’
      cavort, dance, jig, trip, caper, jump, leap, spring, bound, skip, hop
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noun

  • An act or instance of prancing.

    • ‘I imagined she must have practiced hours at a time perfecting her petite prance in those lofty heels.’
    • ‘He had a prance in his step, which carried him to the table of the handsome woman.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She gave me a look of mock rage and slapped her mare into a prance, leading a little ways ahead of me.’
    • ‘Tall of body, long of leg, blonde of hair, heavy of spangles, she stepped right out with a megawatt grin and a snappy prance.’
    • ‘After my lovely prance, I settled under some trees, rolling my towel out and pulling my sunglasses over my eyes.’
    jump, bound, bounce, prance, leap, spring, skip, gambol
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

prance

/prans//præns/