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flounce (noun) – A strip of decorative, usually gathered or pleated material attached by one edge, as on a garment or curtain.

(verb) – 1. (a) To move in a lively or bouncy manner: The children flounced around the room in their costumes.
(b) To move with exaggerated or affected motions: flounced petulantly out of the house.
2. To move clumsily; flounder.
3. To trim with a strip or strips of gathered or pleated material.

(noun -2nd meaning) – The act or motion of flouncing.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : The story behind flounce is an elusive one. The verb’s earliest recorded uses in English occurred in the mid-1500s, and some scholars believe it is related to the Norwegian verb flunsa (meaning “to hurry” or “to work briskly”) and Swedish flunsa (“to fall with a splash” or “to plunge”). The connection is uncertain, however, because the flunsa verbs did not appear in their respective languages until the 18th century, long after flounce surfaced in English.

A second distinct sense of flounce, referring to a strip or ruffle of fabric attached on one edge, did not appear in English until the 18th century. This flounce derives from the Middle English frouncen, meaning “to curl.”