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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 of prance
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.
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  • Lambert watched him as he pranced about, chopping his steps with feet jerked up straight like a string-halt horse.

  • He scrambled from the table and pranced about the room like a horse with blind staggers.

    Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales Robert L. Taylor
  • Strawberry pranced, bared her teeth at any approach, and in general did her best to live up to her reputation for skittishness.

  • After it pranced the local comandante, mounted, and a detachment of his troops.

  • And I pranced through my social transactions at times singularly like an actor!

  • She jumped on it, putting her arms round his neck, and he pranced along with her.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for pranced

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
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Word Origin and History for pranced

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.

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