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flounder Explained

flounder at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


flounder at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

v [I] [Date: 1500-1600; Origin: Probably from FOUNDER2]//
1 to not know what to say or do because you feel confused or upset: --I found myself floundering as I tried to answer her questions.// --'I'm sorry,' she floundered helplessly .//
2 to have a lot of problems and be likely to fail completely: --More and more firms are floundering because of the recession.//
3 [always + adverb/preposition] to be unable to move easily because you are in deep water or mud, or cannot see very well: --They were floundering chest-deep in the freezing water.// flounder around// --I could hear them floundering around in the dark.//
flounder 2 plural flounder or flounders n [U and C] // [Date: 1400-1500; Language: Anglo-French; Origin: floundre, from a Scandinavian language]// a type of small fish that you can eat//

flounder at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Any of about 300 species of flatfishes (order Pleuronectiformes). When born the flounder is bilaterally symmetrical, with an eye on each side, and it swims near the sea's surface. After a few days, it begins to lean to one side, and the eye on that side migrates to what eventually becomes the top side. With this development come changes in bones, nerves, and muscles, and the underside loses its color. As an adult, the flounder lives on the bottom, with the eyed side on top.

flounder at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

120 Moby Thesaurus words for "flounder":
agonize over, alternate, back and fill, be all thumbs, be at sea,
be hard put, be uncertain, beat about, blunder, blunder away,
blunder into, blunder on, blunder upon, boggle, botch, bumble,
bungle, butcher, capsize, careen, career, come a cropper,
commit a gaffe, doubt, ebb and flow, fall, fall down, fall flat,
fall headlong, fall over, fall prostrate, falter, faux pas,
feel unsure, flounce, fluctuate, fumble, get a cropper,
go through phases, grope, grovel, have trouble, heave, hobbyhorse,
labor, labor under difficulties, list, lumber, lurch,
make heavy weather, mar, miscue, muddle, muff, murder, oscillate,
pendulate, pitch, pitch and plunge, pitch and toss,
play havoc with, plunge, pound, puzzle over, question, rear, reel,
ring the changes, rock, roll, scend, seesaw, seethe, shift,
shuffle, slip, spoil, sprawl, spread-eagle, stagger, strive,
struggle, stumble, sway, swing, take a fall, take a flop,
take a header, take a pratfall, take a spill, teeter,
teeter-totter, thrash about, tilt, toil, topple, topple down,
topple over, toss, toss and tumble, toss and turn, totter, travail,
trip, tumble, turn, turn turtle, vacillate, vary, volutation,
walk on eggshells, wallop, wallow, waver, wax and wane, welter,
wobble, wonder, wonder whether, yaw

flounder at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[V] (Changeableness): fluctuate, vary, waver, flounder, flicker, flitter, flit, flutter, shift, shuffle, shake, totter, tremble, vacillate, oscillate, alternate.

[V] (Agitation): be agitated, shake, tremble, quiver, quaver, quake, shiver, stagger, wriggle, wiggle, flounder, totter.

[V] (Uncertainty): hesitate, flounder, lose oneself, puzzle, perplex, embarrass, confuse, confound, bewilder, bother, addle.

flounder at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

verb, noun
1 to struggle to know what to say or do or how to continue with sth:
[V] His abrupt change of subject left her floundering helplessly. [also V speech]
2 [V] to have a lot of problems and to be in danger of failing completely:
At that time the industry was floundering. * The new democracy there continues to flounder.
3 [V] [usually +adv./prep.] to struggle to move or get somewhere in water, mud, etc:
She was floundering around in the deep end of the swimming pool. * A man came floundering through the snow towards us.
noun (plural flounder or flounders) a small flat sea fish that is used for food

Flounder at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Flounder \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.

Flounder \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.

Flounder \Floun"der\, n.
The act of floundering.

flounder at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: flesh of any of various American and European flatfish
2: any of various European and non-European marine flatfish
v 1: walk with great difficulty; "He staggered along in the heavy
snow" [syn: {stagger}]
2: behave awkwardly; have difficulties; "She is floundering in

flounder at English (WD) Of Explained:



* Inter: audio » en-us-flounder.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » aʊndə(ɹ)

    Etymology 1

    From Inter: etyl » non Inter: term » flyðra|lang=nonInter: R:Online Etymology Dictionary » flounderInter: R:ODS online » flynder. Cognate with Danish Inter: term » flynder|lang=da, German Inter: term » Flunder|lang=de, Swedish Inter: term » flundra|lang=sv.


    Inter: en-noun » pl2=flounder

  • A European species of flatfish having dull brown colouring with reddish-brown blotches; fluke, European flounder, Platichthys flesus.
    1. Inter: countable » North America Any of various flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae or Bothidae.
      Inter: trans-top » Platichthys flesus

  • Basque: Inter: t- » eu|platuxa latz
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|川鰈|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|川鲽|tr=chuāndié|sc=Hani
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|skrubbe|c
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|bot|m
  • Estonian: Inter: t+ » et|lest
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kampela
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|πλευρονήκτης|m|tr=plevroníktis, Inter: t- » el|ψήσσα|f|tr=psíssa|sc=Grek

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|érdes lepényhal
    • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|leith|f, Inter: t- » ga|leadhbóg|f
    • Jèrriais: Inter: tø » roa-jer|fliandre|f
    • Lithuanian: Inter: t- » lt|upinė plekšnė
    • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|skrubbe|c
    • Polish: Inter: t- » pl|tornia, Inter: t- » pl|fląderka|f
    • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|речная камбала|f|tr=rečnája kámbala
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|skrubbskädda|c, Inter: t+ » sv|flundra|c

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » any flatfish
    • Basque: Inter: t- » eu|platuxa
    • Belarusian: Inter: t- » be|камбала|f|tr=kámbala|sc=Cyrl
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|比目魚|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|比目鱼|tr=bǐmùyú|sc=Hani
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|flynder|c
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|platvis|m
    • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|lestaline (Inter: t+ » et|kala)
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kampela, Inter: t- » fi|kampelakala
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|flet|m
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Flunder|f
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|lepényhal

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|ヒラメ|tr=hirame|sc=Jpan, Inter: t- » ja|平目|tr=ひらめ, hirame|sc=Jpan
  • Korean: Inter: t- » ko|도다리|tr=dodari|sc=Kore
  • Latvian: Inter: t+ » lv|plekste|f, Inter: t+ » lv|bute|f
  • Lithuanian: Inter: t+ » lt|plekšnė
  • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|flyndre|c
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|flądra|f
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|камбала|f|tr=kámbala
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|pacach-cearr|m
  • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|plattfisk|c
  • Ukrainian: Inter: t+ » uk|камбала|f|tr=kámbala|sc=Cyrl

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » Asturian: Inter: t- » ast|xoyu|m
    • Inter: ttbc » Italian: Inter: t+ » it|sogliola|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Inter: ttbc » Latvian: Inter: t+ » lv|plekste|f
  • Inter: ttbc » Luxembourgish: Inter: t- » lb|Rubbel|m
  • Inter: ttbc » Northern Sami: Inter: tø » se|finddar, Inter: tø » se|sánddat
  • Inter: ttbc » Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|solha|f
  • Inter: ttbc » Spanish: Inter: t- » es|platija|f
  • Inter: ttbc » Volapük: Inter: t- » vo|sgar

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
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    Etymology 2

    Inter: rfe » lang=en


    Inter: en-ver » b
  • Inter: intransitiv » e To flop around as a fish out of water.
    1. Inter: intransitiv » e To make clumsy attempts to move or regain one's balance.
    2. : Robert yanked Connies leg vigorously, causing her to flounder and eventually fall.''
    3. Inter: intransitiv » e To act clumsily or confused; to struggle or be flustered.
    4. : He gave a good speech, but floundered when audience members asked questions he could not answer well.
    5. 1996, Category: w - :Janette Turner Hospital|Janette Turner Hospital, Category: w - :Oyster (novel)|Oyster, Virago Press, paperback edition, page 136
    6. : He is assessing directions, but he is not lost, not floundering.
      Usage notes
      Frequently confused with the verb founder. The difference is one of severity; floundering (struggling to maintain a position) comes before foundering (losing it completely by falling, sinking or failing).
      Inter: trans-top » to flop around

  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|pyörähtää
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|σπαρταρώ|tr=spartaró|sc=Grek

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|барахтаться|tr=baráxtat'sja

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to attempt to move or regain one's balance
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kompuroida

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|παραπαίω|tr=parapaío|sc=Grek

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to act clumsily or confused
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kompuroida
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|παραδέρνω|tr=paradérno|sc=Grek

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|まごつく|tr=magotsuku|sc=Jpan
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|сбиваться|tr=sbivát'sja Inter: imp » f, Inter: t+ » ru|сбиться|tr=sbít'sja Inter: pf » .

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Category: Category:English nouns with irregular plurals -
    Category: Category:en:Fish -
    Translation: et » flounder
    Translation: el » flounder
    Translation: fr » flounder
    Translation: ko » flounder
    Translation: io » flounder
    Translation: kn » flounder
    Translation: lv » flounder
    Translation: lt » flounder
    Translation: mg » flounder
    Translation: ml » flounder
    Translation: my » flounder
    Translation: pl » flounder
    Translation: ru » flounder
    Translation: fi » flounder
    Translation: sv » flounder
    Translation: ta » flounder
    Translation: te » flounder
    Translation: tr » flounder
    Translation: vi » flounder
    Translation: zh » flounder