prance

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English[edit]

Statue of a prancing horse,
La Clayette (Saône-et-Loire), France

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English prancen, prauncen (to prance; literally, to show off), variant of Middle English pranken (to prank). Cognate with Bavarian prangezen, prangssen (to put on airs), Alemannic German pranzen (to strut). More at prank.

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Verb[edit]

prance (third-person singular simple present prances, present participle prancing, simple past and past participle pranced)

  1. (of a horse) To spring forward on the hind legs.
  2. (colloquial, figuratively) To strut about in a showy manner.

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Noun[edit]

prance (plural prances)

  1. A prancing movement.
    • D. H. Lawrence, The Rainbow
      There seemed a little prance of triumph in his movement,

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