verb[no object, with adverbial of direction]
- Go or move in an exaggeratedly impatient or angry manner: he stood up in a fury and flounced outMore example sentences
- As the others flounced and stamped their way through the jungle, Blackburn's equable temper won through.
- I didn't know what last time was, but it had to have been bad because Kara's face colored and she seemed at a loss for words, picking to flounce off in a fury instead.
- Making an angry noise, she turned and flounced out to the carriage.
noun[in singular] Back to top
- An exaggerated action intended to express annoyance or impatience: she left the room with a flounceMore example sentences
- Seryna's distaste, while initially borne from Visbec's flounce and flirtatious mannerisms, had grown with an infatuation for Naoise.
mid 16th century: perhaps of Scandinavian origin and related to Norwegian flunsa 'hurry', or perhaps symbolic, like bounce or pounce.
- A wide ornamental strip of material gathered and sewn to a skirt or dress; a frill.More example sentences
- Miss Howitt's dress was in the height of fashion; blue silk spencer over a white round dress with several flounces at the hem, complemented by a yellow paisley shawl draped over her shoulders.
- Ruffle necklines are big too, as well as fluted sleeves, hem flounces and ruched side panels.
- While Tisci focused on black and oyster, Lacroix used a vast array of colors and along with the rich details of beads, laces, corsets, flounces and satin.
verb(as adjective flounced) Back to top
- Trimmed with a flounce or flounces: a flounced skirtMore example sentences
- Women's attire consists of solid-colored or polka-dot dresses with tightly fitted bodices and flounced skirts and sleeves.
- Try dressing your room with wicker baskets, and look for flounced or ruffled curtains, tablecloths and bedding.
- The Zebra's stripes are revealed by pulling strips from a white flounced dress.
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- The designers decided that the new trend was ‘High Femininity’: girly, pretty, flouncy and frilly clothes.
- This season, the designer has added even more romantic details such as layers, mixes of textures, floral patterns, slinky fabrics, and turns out a surprising array of flouncy skirts, skinny jeans and flippy dresses.
- Rag trade insiders say designs will go retro once more, taking their inspiration from the 1970s and the New Romantics of the 1980s, with frills and flouncy, folk-inspired long skirts.
early 18th century: from an alteration of obsolete frounce 'a fold or pleat', from Old French fronce, of Germanic origin; related to ruck2.