verb[no object, with adverbial of direction]
- 1(Of a horse) move with high springy steps: the pony was prancing around the paddockMore example sentences
- While many horses pranced or leapt from the trailer, he walked slowly down the ramp like a seasoned pro.
- The man didn't glance in the woman's direction, but kept his attention on the auburn-haired girl in front of him, his horse prancing.
- The horse was prancing excitedly, as if he was proud of himself as well.
- 1.1(Of a person) walk or move around with ostentatious, exaggerated movements: she pranced around the lounge impersonating her favourite pop starsMore example sentences
- He wears iridescent formal clothes, prances around with a tapering rod that ignites anything it touches, and trails a gust of hot air.
- I'm starting to see the whole experience as a bizarre holiday, behaving like an uninvited guest who dresses up and prances around the football pitch every evening.
- The cast prances, postures, and palpitates appositely, fully aware that real acting would be de trop.
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- An act or instance of prancing.More example sentences
- Then we watch him prance (yes, it is a prance, there is no other way to describe it) around the room and yell ‘WHOOO WHOOOOOO’ at the relevant sections.
- After my lovely prance, I settled under some trees, rolling my towel out and pulling my sunglasses over my eyes.
- The black horse rivaled the mare; he was of the same great size with a long black mane and a lively prance even as he stood tethered.
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- Comparisons with the likes of shouting prancers such as him are so invidious that I won't pursue them.
- Who knows when or where the peripatetic prancer will return, but I understand there is a vacancy.
late Middle English (as a verb): of unknown origin.