- IPA: /flaʊns/
flounce (flounces, present participle flouncing; past and past participle flounced)
- To move in an exaggerated, bouncy manner.
- (archaic) To flounder; to make spastic motions.
- To flutter and flounce will do nothing but batter and bruise us.
- 1717, Joseph Addison, Metamorphoses
- With his broad fins and forky tail he laves / The rising surge, and flounces in the waves.
- To decorate with a flounce.
- To depart in a haughty, dramatic way that draws attention to oneself.
- After failing to win the leadership election, he flounced dramatically.
- Italian: guarnire
flounce (plural flounces)
- (sewing) A strip of decorative material, usually pleated, attached along one edge; a ruffle.Ruffle
- 1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in An Autobiography, part II, London: Collins, →ISBN:
- Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. […] Frills, ruffles, flounces, lace, complicated seams and gores: not only did they sweep the ground and have to be held up in one hand elegantly as you walked along, but they had little capes or coats or feather boas.
- The act of flouncing.