from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To spring forward on the hind legs. Used of a horse.
- intransitive verb To spring or bound forward in a manner reminiscent of a spirited horse.
- intransitive verb To ride a horse moving in such a fashion.
- intransitive verb To walk or move about spiritedly; strut.
- intransitive verb To cause (a horse) to prance.
- noun The act or an instance of prancing.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To make a show in walking; move proudly, lifting the feet with a rearing or capering motion: used of horses in high mettle.
- To ride with a rearing or capering motion; ride gaily, proudly, or insolently.
- To walk, strut, or caper in an elated, proud, or conceited manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- intransitive verb To spring or bound, as a horse in high mettle.
- intransitive verb To ride on a prancing horse; to ride in an ostentatious manner.
- intransitive verb To walk or strut about in a pompous, showy manner, or with warlike parade.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun uncommon The act of
- verb of a horse To
spring forwardon the hind legs.
- verb colloquial, figuratively To
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a proud stiff pompous gait
- verb cause (a horse) to bound spring forward
- verb spring forward on the hind legs
- verb to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others
- verb ride a horse such that it springs and bounds forward
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
*caper caper prance prance* I duz teh pinkee toepads dantz!
*caper caper, prance prance* Pinkee Pinkee Toe Pads, FTW!
We find: (1) The elongated or stretched-leg "prance"
Horses 'prance' only in children's story books and yet here she was prancing and goose-stepping as she was cheered all the way from her backstretch stable to the paddock.
A meal that is prepared with the proper respect for ingredients but that entails far less work than a "prance" is called "a nice little supper."
A "prance" is a meal on which the hostess has labored for at least a week.
He came two steps into the room in a kind of prance, as if his body wanted to take off and he couldn’t quite fight it down.
In other words, we the taxpayer paid each teacher $200 or so to prance around demanding more of our tax money.
But she was criticized as a showboat for her victory prance around the field with an enormous fake gold medal dangling from her neck and a cell phone pressed to her ear.
Writers are a contentious, socially isolated lot, but is this online medium forcing us to prance delicately around the china shop, advertising our wares in the most bland fashion possible?