A flounder is a flat fish with both eyes on one side of its head; and, as a verb, to flounder is to wobble around like a fish out of water.

To flounder is to be unsteady or uncertain. It's probably from the Dutch word flodderen, "to flop about," or it's a mix of founder ("to fail") and blunder ("do something clumsy"). If you flounder in the ocean, you need a surfer dude to scoop you up. You don't have to be in water, though; you can flounder any time you're a little wobbly — like after a long hike or during the last hour of the SATs. Either way, when you flounder, you wish you were a flat fish at the bottom of the sea.

Primary Meanings of flounder

walk with great difficulty
any of various European and non-European marine flatfish
Full Definitions of flounder

v walk with great difficulty

Type of:
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

v behave awkwardly; have difficulties

“She is floundering in college”
Type of:
fight, struggle
make a strenuous or labored effort

n any of various European and non-European marine flatfish

Type of:
any of several families of fishes having flattened bodies that swim along the sea floor on one side of the body with both eyes on the upper side

n flesh of any of various American and European flatfish

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yellowtail flounder
flesh of American flounder having a yellowish tail
flesh of large European flatfish
flesh of a large European flatfish
sand dab
the lean flesh of a small flounder from the Pacific coast of North America
lemon sole, winter flounder
flesh of American flounder; important in the winter
Type of:
sweet lean whitish flesh of any of numerous thin-bodied fish; usually served as thin fillets

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