Twenty months into office, Obama stands exposed as a floundering Man, not a panacea-laden Superman.
There between the third and fourth version of “Sheep in Fog” is the shift that sets Plath floundering and signals her desperation.
In search of a paycheck and a jumpstart to his floundering existence, he goes to work at the library of Boston prison.
1590s, perhaps an alteration of founder (q.v.), influenced by Dutch flodderen "to flop about," or native verbs in fl- expressing clumsy motion. Figurative use is from 1680s. Related: Floundered; floundering. As a noun derived from this sense, from 1867.
flatfish, c.1300, from Anglo-French floundre, from Old North French flondre, from Old Norse flydhra; related to Middle Low German vlundere, Danish flynder; ultimately cognate with Greek platys "flat, wide, broad" (see plaice (n.)).