Definition of flounce noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//flaʊns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//flaʊns//
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  1. 1a strip of cloth that is sewn around the edge of a skirt, dress, curtain, etc. little girls dressed in frills and flounces
  2. 2a quick and exaggerated movement that you make when you are angry or want people to notice you She left the room with a flounce.
  3. Word Originnoun sense 2 mid 16th cent.: perhaps of Scandinavian origin and related to Norwegian flunsa ‘hurry’, or perhaps symbolic, like bounce or pounce. noun sense 1 early 18th cent.: from an alteration of obsolete frounce ‘a fold or pleat’, from Old French fronce, of Germanic origin; related to ruck in the sense ‘ruck something up’.
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