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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prance (plural prances)

  1. (uncommon) The act of prancing.

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.

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