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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To spring forward on the hind legs. Used of a horse.
  • intransitive v. To spring or bound forward in a manner reminiscent of a spirited horse.
  • intransitive v. To ride a horse moving in such a fashion.
  • intransitive v. To walk or move about spiritedly; strut.
  • transitive v. To cause (a horse) to prance.
  • n. The act or an instance of prancing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of prancing.
  • v. To spring forward on the hind legs.
  • v. To strut about.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To spring or bound, as a horse in high mettle.
  • intransitive v. To ride on a prancing horse; to ride in an ostentatious manner.
  • intransitive v. To walk or strut about in a pompous, showy manner, or with warlike parade.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a proud stiff pompous gait
  • v. cause (a horse) to bound spring forward
  • v. spring forward on the hind legs
  • v. to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others
  • v. ride a horse such that it springs and bounds forward

Etymologies

Middle English prauncen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English prancen, prauncen ("to prance", literally, "to show off"), variant of Middle English pranken ("to prank"). Cognate with Bavarian prangezen, prangssen ("to put on airs"), Alemannic German pranzen ("to strut"). More at prank. (Wiktionary)

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