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prance Line breaks: prance
Pronunciation: /prɑːns/

Definition of prance in English:


[no object, with adverbial of direction]
1(Of a horse) move with high springy steps: the pony was prancing around the paddock
More 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 stars
More 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.
cavort, dance, jig, trip, caper, jump, leap, spring, bound, skip, hop;
parade, strut, swagger, swank;
North American informal sashay, cut a/the rug


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An act or instance of prancing.
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.


Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with prance

advance, Afrikaans, à outrance, chance, dance, enhance, entrance, faience, France, glance, lance, mischance, outdance, perchance, Provence, stance, trance
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