from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A strip of decorative, usually gathered or pleated material attached by one edge, as on a garment or curtain.
- transitive v. To trim with a strip or strips of gathered or pleated material.
- intransitive v. To move in a lively or bouncy manner: The children flounced around the room in their costumes.
- intransitive v. To move with exaggerated or affected motions: flounced petulantly out of the house.
- intransitive v. To move clumsily; flounder.
- n. The act or motion of flouncing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To move in an exaggerated, bouncy manner.
- v. : To flounder; to make spastic motions.
- v. To decorate with a flounce.
- v. To leave a group dramatically, in a way that draws attention to oneself.
- n. A strip of decorative material, usually pleated, attached along one edge; a ruffle.
- n. The act of flouncing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To throw the limbs and body one way and the other; to spring, turn, or twist with sudden effort or violence; to struggle, as a horse in mire; to flounder; to throw one's self with a jerk or spasm, often as in displeasure.
- n. The act of floucing; a sudden, jerking motion of the body.
- n. An ornamental appendage to the skirt of a woman's dress, consisting of a strip gathered and sewed on by its upper edge around the skirt, and left hanging.
- transitive v. To deck with a flounce or flounces.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make abrupt or agitated movements with the limbs and body; turn or twist as with sudden petulance or impatience; move with flings or turns, as if in displeasure or annoyance: as, to flounce out of a room.
- n. A sudden fling or turn, as of the body.
- n. A deep ruffle; a strip of any material used to decorate a garment, especially a skirt near the bottom, gathered or plaited at one edge, and loose and floating at the other, the gathered edge being sewed to the garment.
- To deck with flounces: as, to flounce a petticoat or a gown.
- To surround with something arranged like a flounce.
- n. In saddlery, a covering for a pistol-holster, either of leather or bearskin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of walking with exaggerated jerky motions
- n. a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim
- v. walk emphatically
Alteration of frounce, from Middle English, pleat, from Old French fronce, of Germanic origin; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots.
Possibly of Scandinavian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)