Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To leap or bound high in the air with the legs straight and the back arched, as do certain animals, especially the springbok.

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

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  • verb jump straight up

Etymologies

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

[Afrikaans, to show off, strut, from Dutch pronken, from Middle Dutch proncken, to walk ostentatiously, parade; akin to German prunken, to parade, show off, and Middle English pranken, to show off; see prank.]

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

Examples

  • Rep. William Cummings (D-VA) defends his use of the slang word "pronk" as a legitimate catchphrase.

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  • Rep. William Cummings (D-VA) defends his use of the slang word "pronk" as a legitimate catchphrase.

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  • Ai is a springbok wiv mai tail in teh air Pronk pronk pronk!

    The problem with your gene - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • The warthogs are starting to make friends, the giraffes like me more, and the springbok pronk everyday pronking is when they bounce around as high as they can, it's awesome!

    Animal Planet: The Purest Thing I Have Ever Experienced

  • Espying and taking nonchalant note of the ram's challenge, he vouchsafed to give forth a midrange snarl, whereupon the suddenly paralyzed ram froze at the end of an advancing pronk, stood tottering on all fours for an instant or two, and proceeded to keel over onto one side in a dead faint, all four legs locked sideways and straight, parallel to the ground.

    Into the Thinking Kingdoms

  • Espying and taking nonchalant note of the ram's challenge, he vouchsafed to give forth a midrange snarl, whereupon the suddenly paralyzed ram froze at the end of an advancing pronk, stood tottering on all fours for an instant or two, and proceeded to keel over onto one side in a dead faint, all four legs locked sideways and straight, parallel to the ground.

    Into the Thinking Kingdoms

  • In Hindeloopen (Friesland) one or two beds in the living-room are kept as 'pronk-bedden' (show beds).

    Dutch Life in Town and Country

  • Or we should accept it as an animal that weathered the changes in our nation, still holds its title, and continues to pronk along, but is now representative of a unified nation.

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  • Or we should accept it as an animal that weathered the changes in our nation, still holds its title, and continues to pronk along, but is now representative of a unified nation.

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  • Or we should accept it as an animal that weathered the changes in our nation, still holds its title, and continues to pronk along, but is now representative of a unified nation.

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Comments

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

    July 10, 2007

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

    July 10, 2007

  • Antelopes pronk.

    July 10, 2007

  • Kangaroos pronk.

    July 10, 2007

  • The L.A. Lakers pronk.

    July 10, 2007

  • Ibexes pronk.

    July 10, 2007

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

    July 10, 2007

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

    July 10, 2007

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

    July 11, 2007

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

    I smell a list...

    July 11, 2007