verb (used without object), flounced, flounc·ing.

  1. to go with impatient or impetuous, exaggerated movements: The star flounced out of the studio in a rage.
  2. to throw the body about spasmodically; flounder.


  1. an act or instance of flouncing; a flouncing movement.


  1. a strip of material gathered or pleated and attached at one edge, with the other edge left loose or hanging: used for trimming, as on the edge of a skirt or sleeve or on a curtain, slipcover, etc.

verb (used with object), flounced, flounc·ing.

  1. to trim with flounces.


  1. (intr; often foll by about, away, out, etc) to move or go with emphatic or impatient movements


  1. the act of flouncing


  1. an ornamental gathered ruffle sewn to a garment by its top edge

1540s, “to dash, plunge, flop,” perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. dialectal Swedish flunsa “to plunge,” Norwegian flunsa “to hurry,” but first record of these is 200 years later than the English word), said to be of imitative origin. Spelling likely influenced by bounce. Notions of “anger, impatience” began to adhere to the word 18c. Related: Flounced; flouncing. As a noun, from 1580s as a motion.


“wide ruffle,” 1713, from Middle English frounce “pleat, wrinkle, fold” (late 14c.), from Old French fronce “line, wrinkle; pucker, crease, fold,” from Frankish *hrunkjan “to wrinkle,” from Proto-Germanic *hrunk-. Influenced in form by flounce (v.).

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