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Definitions of flounder

  1. To toss and tumble about in a sort of blind struggle to escape from some dilemma. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To struggle, roll, or proceed with difficulty, as an animal in the mire. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To struggle with violent motion. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To flounce; struggle awkwardly; be embarrassed. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To stumble or struggle awkwardly or helplessly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. behave awkwardly; have difficulties; "She is floundering in college" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To struggle, roll, or toss, as a horse in the mire. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. any of various European and non-European marine flatfish Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. flesh of any of various American and European flatfish Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. A tool used in crimping boot fronts. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. The act of floundering. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A flat sea-fish. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. A small flat fish, generally found in the sea near the mouths of rivers. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. A flat marine fish. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. A fish with broad flat body. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. A stumbling motion. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. A small flat-fish, generally found on banks along our shores, and at river mouths. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. A flat sea-fish swimming near the bottom. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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  1. Strange to say, it still kept its feet; but, now seemingly overcome by surprise, and knowing the advantage its pursuers would have over it upon the slippery ice, it began to plunge and flounder and once or twice came to its knees. – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  2. To this day the ancient warriors Flounder on the Sea Rock Islands, Barking, roaring, crowding, fighting, Near the gateway of the harbor. – The Legends of San Francisco by George W. Caldwell
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