flounce

To flounce is to move in an exaggerated, emphatic way, especially if your movement expresses anger or impatience. A young child who doesn't like what's for dinner might stand up and flounce away from the table.

If you feel you've been misunderstood, you might need to stifle the urge to flounce off in a huff — it's more mature to stay and try to explain yourself. Flounce is also a noun, meaning both the action of flouncing and a ruffle: "I'll make this dress look fancier by sewing a flounce on the bottom." The huffy movement meaning came first, possibly from a Scandinavian source.

Definitions of flounce
  1. verb
    walk emphatically
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    type of:
    walk
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  2. noun
    the act of walking with exaggerated jerky motions
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    type of:
    gait
    a person's manner of walking
  3. noun
    a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim
    synonyms: frill, furbelow, ruffle
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    types:
    gauffer, goffer
    an ornamental frill made by pressing pleats
    jabot
    a ruffle on the front of a woman's blouse or a man's shirt
    peplum
    a flared ruffle attached to the waistline of a dress or jacket or blouse
    type of:
    adornment
    a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness
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