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Meaning of FLOUNDER

Pronunciation:  'flawndur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  any of various European and non-European marine flatfish
  2. [n]  flesh of any of various American and European flatfish
  3. [v]  behave awkwardly; have difficulties; "She is floundering in college"
  4. [v]  walk with great difficulty; as in snow or mud
 

FLOUNDER is a 8 letter word that starts with F.

 

 Synonyms: stagger
 
 See Also: fight, flatfish, flatfish, lemon sole, plaice, sand dab, struggle, turbot, walk, winter flounder, yellowtail flounder

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Floun"der\, n. [Cf. Sw. flundra; akin to Dan. flynder,
    Icel. fly?ra, G. flunder, and perh. to E. flounder, v.i.]
    1. (Zo["o]l.) A flatfish of the family {Pleuronectid[ae]}, of
       many species.
    
    Note: The common English flounder is {Pleuronectes flesus}.
          There are several common American species used as food;
          as the smooth flounder ({P. glabra}); the rough or
          winter flounder ({P. Americanus}); the summer flounder,
          or plaice ({Paralichthys dentatus}), Atlantic coast;
          and the starry flounder ({Pleuronectes stellatus}).
    
    2. (Bootmaking) A tool used in crimping boot fronts.
    
    
  2. \Floun"der\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Floundered}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Floundering}.] [Cf. D. flodderen to flap, splash
    through mire, E. flounce, v.i., and flounder the fish.]
    To fling the limbs and body, as in making efforts to move; to
    struggle, as a horse in the mire, or as a fish on land; to
    roll, toss, and tumble; to flounce.
    
          They have floundered on from blunder to blunder. --Sir
                                                   W. Hamilton.
    
    
  3. \Floun"der\, n.
    The act of floundering.
    
    
 
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