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  • v. To jump with all four limbs at once.
  • n. A gait or a leap in which all four legs are used to push off the ground at once.

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  • v. jump straight up


From Afrikaans pronk ("to show off, strut, or prance") (Wiktionary)



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  • From Afrikaans, literally ‘show off’, from Dutch pronken ‘to strut.’

    Thus pronk-bedden are show beds.

    November 2, 2011

  • Haha! John, how'd I miss that clip??

    January 11, 2009

  • See also pronking.

    January 11, 2009

  • Bastard stepchild of when hyphy met dubstep.

    July 11, 2008

  • Congress Debates Merits Of New Catchphrase

    April 18, 2008

  • Funny--that's just what I said about stot. Great image, isn't it? :-)

    July 11, 2007

  • I know that pronk isn't technically onomatopoetic, but can't you hear kangaroos making a similar sound in a cartoon? :)

    Pronk, pronk, pronk, pronk!

    July 11, 2007

  • Ditto! Plus, I think I might like stot even better than pronk.

    I smell a list...

    July 11, 2007

  • Thanks, perodicticus--learn something new every day. :-)

    July 11, 2007

  • According to Richard Despard Estes' book The Behavior Guide to African Mammals, only springboks pronk; other antelope stot.

    July 10, 2007

  • Nice word! I can imagine someone pronking right out of his shoes.

    July 10, 2007

  • Ibexes pronk.

    July 10, 2007

  • The L.A. Lakers pronk.

    July 10, 2007

  • Kangaroos pronk.

    July 10, 2007

  • Antelopes pronk.

    July 10, 2007

  • J, I think it means "to jump straight up" (as opposed to, say, leaping forward). Great word. :-)

    July 10, 2007

  • What an adorable word!!! Could you give an example or a reference?

    July 10, 2007