flounce vs furbelow what difference

what is difference between flounce and furbelow

English

Etymology

Probably of North Germanic origin, from Norwegian flunsa (hurry), perhaps ultimately imitative. Or, perhaps formed on the pattern of pounce, bounce.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /flaʊns/
  • Rhymes: -aʊns

Verb

flounce (third-person singular simple present flounces, present participle flouncing, simple past and past participle flounced)

  1. To move in an exaggerated, bouncy manner.
  2. (archaic) To flounder; to make spastic motions.
    • a. 1677, Isaac Barrow, Of Contentment (sermon)
      To flutter and flounce will do nothing but batter and bruise us.
    • 1717, Joseph Addison, Metamorphoses
      With his broad fins and forky tail he laves / The rising surge, and flounces in the waves.
  3. To decorate with a flounce.
  4. To depart in a haughty, dramatic way that draws attention to oneself.

Translations

Noun

flounce (plural flounces)

  1. (sewing) A strip of decorative material, usually pleated, attached along one edge; a ruffle.W
    • Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. […]  Frills, ruffles, flounces, lace, complicated seams and gores: not only did they sweep the ground and have to be held up in one hand elegantly as you walked along, but they had little capes or coats or feather boas.
  2. The act of flouncing.

Derived terms

  • flouncy

Translations

References

  • Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.


English

Etymology

Corruption of falbala; first attested in the late 1600s or early 1700s. Not related to fur.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfəː.bɪ.ləʊ/, /ˈfəː.bə.ləʊ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfɚ.bɪ.loʊ/, /ˈfɚ.bə.loʊ/

Noun

furbelow (plural furbelows)

  1. A frill, flounce, or ruffle, as on clothing; a decorative piece of fabric, especially one gathered or pleated as into a ruffle, etc.
    • 1863, John George Wood, The Illustrated Natural History, page 745,
      All the other furbelows, and portions of this one[this Medusa] that lay below the expansion, floated as usual through the water, except that on some occasions an accessory power was obtained by pressing a portion of another furbelow to the side of the glass and making it adhere just like the portion that was exposed to the surface of the air.
    • 1964, E. J. H. Corner, The Life of Plants, 2002, University of Chicago Press, page 76,
      Each plant has several oarweed fronds on the top of a flat stem, well adapted to swaying in one direction but rigid in the other; along the rigid edges, where the water flows and eddies, develop the wavy furbelows.
  2. A small, showy ornamentation.

Translations

Verb

furbelow (third-person singular simple present furbelows, present participle furbelowing, simple past and past participle furbelowed)

  1. (transitive) To adorn with a furbelow; to ornament.

Related terms

  • befurbelowed

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