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- To move in an exaggerated, bouncy manner.
- 1952, Norman Lewis, Golden Earth:
- There was a continual coming and going of flouncing, pig-tailed forms, until the table was closely covered with dishes, scarlet curries with surface currents of ochreous oil, three varieties of what looked like seaweed (inevitably recommended as abundant in vitamins), a paste made of ground beans and chillis...
- (archaic) To flounder; to make spastic motions.
- 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.
- 1956 , Johanna Spyri, Heidi, translation of original by Eileen Hall, page 67:
- 'Oh certainly,' retorted Tinette impudently, as she flounced out of the room.
- 2012 August 7, Gaby Hinsliff, “The lessons of Louise Mensch's departure? There are none”, in The Guardian:
- But love Mensch or hate her, don't buy the line that she merely got bored and flounced: for whatever else she achieved in politics, she was never exactly stuck for ways to make it interesting.
to move in exaggerated manner
to make spastic motions — see flounder
to decorate with flounce
flounce (plural flounces)
- (sewing) A strip of decorative material, usually pleated, attached along one edge; a ruffle.W
- 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.
strip of decorative material along an edge
- Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.