Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A canker in the mouth of a hawk.
  • v. To curl.
  • v. To crease, wrinkle, to frown.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wrinkle, plait, or curl; a flounce; -- also, a frown.
  • n. An affection in hawks, in which white spittle gathers about the hawk's bill.
  • intransitive v. To gather into or adorn with plaits, as a dress; to form wrinkles in or upon; to curl or frizzle, as the hair.
  • intransitive v. To form wrinkles in the forehead; to manifest displeasure; to frown.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fold or wrinkle.
  • To curl or frizzle, as hair.
  • To adorn with fringes, frills, or other ornaments of dress.
  • To wrinkle the forehead; frown.
  • n. A flounce, fold, plait, or frill, as of a garment; a wrinkle; a crease.
  • n. A disease in hawks in which white spittle gathers about the bill.
  • n. A disease in a horse's mouth in which a mass of pimples appears on the palate; the pimples themselves.

Etymologies

From Middle English frouncen, from Old French froncir "to wrinkle, frown", from Frankish *hrunkja "a wrinkle" from Proto-Germanic *hrunkijō, *hrunkitō (“fold, wrinkle”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (“to turn, bend”). Akin to Old High German runza "fold, wrinkle, crease" (German Runzel "wrinkle"), Middle Dutch ronse "frown", Old Norse hrukka "wrinkle, crease" (Icelandic hrukka "wrinkle, crease, ruck"). More at ruck2. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I say that the eyas should have her meat unwashed, until she becomes a brancher — ’twere the ready way to give her the frounce, to wash her meat sooner, and so knows every one who knows a gled from a falcon.”

    The Abbot

  • 7 Some frounce their curled hair in courtly guise; frounce > twist into folds, plait guise > manner

    The Faerie Queene — Volume 01

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  • I luvs me a good frouncing.

    March 24, 2014

  • *rearranges flounce card*

    March 24, 2014

  • Save the last flounce for me!

    March 24, 2014

  • *flounces out*

    March 24, 2014

  • *flounces in*

    March 24, 2014

  • *France*

    March 24, 2014

  • *frowns*

    March 24, 2014

  • Why have a specific word for anything? Why not just grunt and point?

    March 24, 2014

  • *quietly adds this word to falconry and farriery lists*

    March 24, 2014

  • Why is there a word for "a canker in the mouth of a hawk"? Is that really something we need a specific word for? Why not just call it a canker?

    March 24, 2014