To buy a yard of a flounce or a pair of broad ruffles was a serious matter for the purchaser unless he was wealthy.
Mrs. Judson took occasion to flounce by me in her work of clearing the table.
I went an hour earlier than you asked me, to beg that the dress might be cut perfectly plain, without upper skirt or flounce.
A lady had the flounce of her dress torn off; a man lost his hat.
It is trimmed with mousseline de soie, and the flounce would hide the line.
It was just sticking by its pin in the flounce of my brown silk, that I wore yesterday.
The divan probably would not be used; beneath it, screened by the flounce, he might lie and hear all that was said.
She had finished her flounce, and she rose and gave Anne the needle.
Mr. Cripps got out of it with something like a bound, and Mrs. Grimes was gone with a flounce and a slam of the door.
No one could detect a flaw in her character, or a fold awry in her flounce.
1540s, "to dash, plunge, flop," perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. dialectal Swedish flunsa "to plunge," Norwegian flunsa "to hurry," but first record of these is 200 years later than the English word), said to be of imitative origin. Spelling likely influenced by bounce. Notions of "anger, impatience" began to adhere to the word 18c. Related: Flounced; flouncing. As a noun, from 1580s as a motion.
"wide ruffle," 1713, from Middle English frounce "pleat, wrinkle, fold" (late 14c.), from Old French fronce "line, wrinkle; pucker, crease, fold," from Frankish *hrunkjan "to wrinkle," from Proto-Germanic *hrunk-. Influenced in form by flounce (v.).