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Definition of flounder verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    flounder

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈflaʊndə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflaʊndər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flounder
    BrE BrE//ˈflaʊndə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflaʊndər//
     
    he / she / it flounders
    BrE BrE//ˈflaʊndəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflaʊndərz//
     
    past simple floundered
    BrE BrE//ˈflaʊndəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflaʊndərd//
     
    past participle floundered
    BrE BrE//ˈflaʊndəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflaʊndərd//
     
    -ing form floundering
    BrE BrE//ˈflaʊndərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflaʊndərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] (+ speech) to struggle to know what to say or do or how to continue with something His abrupt change of subject left her floundering helplessly.
  2. 2[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.
  3. 3[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 towards us.
  4. Word Originverb late 16th cent.: perhaps a blend of founder ‘to fill with water and sink’ and blunder, or perhaps symbolic, fl- frequently beginning words connected with swift or sudden movement.
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