- 1 [intransitive] to have a lot of problems and to be in danger of failing completely At that time the industry was floundering. The new democracy there continues to flounder.
- 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to struggle to move or get somewhere in water, mud, etc. She was floundering around in the deep end of the swimming pool. A man came floundering through the snow toward us.
- 3[intransitive] to struggle to know what to say or do or how to continue with something His abrupt change of subject left her floundering helplessly.
NAmE//ˈflaʊndər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flounder
he / she / it flounders
past simple floundered
-ing form floundering