- 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.
- With his broad fins and forky tail he laves / The rising surge, and flounces in the waves.
- To decorate with a flounce.
- To leave a group dramatically, in a way that draws attention to oneself.
- After failing to win the leadership election, he flounced dramatically.
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
1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in An Autobiography, part II, London: Collins, ISBN 978-0-00-216012-4:
- 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