prance

[prans, prahns]
verb (used without object), pranced, prancing.
1.
to spring from the hind legs; to move by springing, as a horse.
2.
to ride on a horse doing this.
3.
to ride gaily, proudly, or insolently.
4.
to move or go in an elated manner; cavort.
5.
to dance or move in a lively or spirited manner; caper.
verb (used with object), pranced, prancing.
6.
to cause to prance.
noun
7.
the act of prancing; a prancing movement.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English prauncen, praunsen (v.); akin to Danish (dial.) pransk spirited, said of a horse

prancer, noun
prancingly, adverb


4, 5. gambol, leap, skip, romp, frolic, frisk.
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prance (prɑːns)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to swagger or strut
2.  (intr) to caper, gambol, or dance about
3.  (intr)
 a.  (of a horse) to move with high lively springing steps
 b.  to ride a horse that moves in this way
4.  (tr) to cause to prance
 
n
5.  the act or an instance of prancing
 
[C14 prauncen; perhaps related to German prangen to be in full splendour; compare Danish (dialect) pransk lively, spirited, used of a horse]
 
'prancer
 
n
 
'prancingly
 
adv

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prance
late 14c., originally of horses, perhaps related to M.E. pranken "to show off," from M.Du. pronken "to strut, parade" (see prank); or perhaps from Dan. dialectal prandse "to go in a stately manner."
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Example sentences
Even having him prance around tossing handfuls of glitter in the air couldn't lighten him up.
They prance and pirouette with one wing extended as they forage, performing a dance replete with beauty and purpose.
Couples strut and prance around a large square, accompanied by fiddle or banjo music.
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