follow Dictionary.com

How do you spell Hannukah?

prance

[prans, prahns] /præns, prɑns/
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
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English prauncen, praunsen (v.); akin to Danish (dial.) pransk spirited, said of a horse
Related forms
prancer, noun
prancingly, adverb
Synonyms
4, 5. gambol, leap, skip, romp, frolic, frisk.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for prance
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for prance

prance

/prɑːns/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to swagger or strut
2.
(intransitive) to caper, gambol, or dance about
3.
(intransitive)
  1. (of a horse) to move with high lively springing steps
  2. to ride a horse that moves in this way
4.
(transitive) to cause to prance
noun
5.
the act or an instance of prancing
Derived Forms
prancer, noun
prancingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14 prauncen; perhaps related to German prangen to be in full splendour; compare Danish (dialect) pransk lively, spirited, used of a horse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for prance
v.

late 14c., originally of horses, of unknown origin, perhaps related to Middle English pranken "to show off," from Middle Dutch pronken "to strut, parade" (see prank); or perhaps from Danish dialectal prandse "to go in a stately manner." Klein suggests Old French paravancier. Related: Pranced; prancing. As a noun from 1751, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for prance

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for prance

10
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with prance

Nearby words for prance