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floun·der 1

 (floun′dər)
intr.v. floun·dered, floun·der·ing, floun·ders
1. To move clumsily or with little progress, as through water or mud. See Synonyms at blunder.
2. To act or function in a confused or directionless manner; struggle: "Some ... floundered professionally, never quite deciding what they wanted to do" (Steve Olson). See Usage Note at founder1.
n.
The act of floundering.

[Probably alteration of founder.]

floun·der 2

 (floun′dər)
n. pl. flounder or floun·ders
Any of various marine flatfishes chiefly of the families Bothidae and Pleuronectidae, including several important food fishes.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman floundre, of Scandinavian origin; see plat- in Indo-European roots.]

flounder

(ˈflaʊndə)
vb (intr)
1. to struggle; to move with difficulty, as in mud
2. to behave awkwardly; make mistakes
n
the act of floundering
[C16: probably a blend of founder2 + blunder; perhaps influenced by flounder2]
Usage: Flounder is sometimes wrongly used where founder is meant: the project foundered (not floundered) because of a lack of funds

flounder

(ˈflaʊndə)
n, pl -der or -ders
1. (Animals) Also called: fluke a European flatfish, Platichthys flesus having a greyish-brown body covered with prickly scales: family Pleuronectidae: an important food fish
2. (Animals) US and Canadian any flatfish of the families Bothidae (turbot, etc) and Pleuronectidae (plaice, halibut, sand dab, etc)
[C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse flythra, Norwegian flundra]

floun•der1

(ˈflaʊn dər)

v.i.
1. to struggle with stumbling or plunging movements: to flounder in the mud.
2. to struggle clumsily, helplessly, or falteringly: I floundered for an excuse.
[1570–80; perhaps b. flounce1 and founder2]
floun′der•ing•ly, adv.

floun•der2

(ˈflaʊn dər)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -der, (esp. for kinds or species) -ders.
any of the flatfishes of the families Pleuronectidae and Bothidae, esp. those valued as food, as the North Atlantic Platichthys flesus (European flounder) and various plaices, soles, and turbots.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French floundre < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian flundra]

flounder


Past participle: floundered
Gerund: floundering

Imperative
flounder
flounder
Present
I flounder
you flounder
he/she/it flounders
we flounder
you flounder
they flounder
Preterite
I floundered
you floundered
he/she/it floundered
we floundered
you floundered
they floundered
Present Continuous
I am floundering
you are floundering
he/she/it is floundering
we are floundering
you are floundering
they are floundering
Present Perfect
I have floundered
you have floundered
he/she/it has floundered
we have floundered
you have floundered
they have floundered
Past Continuous
I was floundering
you were floundering
he/she/it was floundering
we were floundering
you were floundering
they were floundering
Past Perfect
I had floundered
you had floundered
he/she/it had floundered
we had floundered
you had floundered
they had floundered
Future
I will flounder
you will flounder
he/she/it will flounder
we will flounder
you will flounder
they will flounder
Future Perfect
I will have floundered
you will have floundered
he/she/it will have floundered
we will have floundered
you will have floundered
they will have floundered
Future Continuous
I will be floundering
you will be floundering
he/she/it will be floundering
we will be floundering
you will be floundering
they will be floundering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been floundering
you have been floundering
he/she/it has been floundering
we have been floundering
you have been floundering
they have been floundering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been floundering
you will have been floundering
he/she/it will have been floundering
we will have been floundering
you will have been floundering
they will have been floundering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been floundering
you had been floundering
he/she/it had been floundering
we had been floundering
you had been floundering
they had been floundering
Conditional
I would flounder
you would flounder
he/she/it would flounder
we would flounder
you would flounder
they would flounder
Past Conditional
I would have floundered
you would have floundered
he/she/it would have floundered
we would have floundered
you would have floundered
they would have floundered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flounder - flesh of any of various American and European flatfishflounder - flesh of any of various American and European flatfish
flatfish - sweet lean whitish flesh of any of numerous thin-bodied fish; usually served as thin fillets
yellowtail flounder - flesh of American flounder having a yellowish tail
plaice - flesh of large European flatfish
turbot - flesh of a large European flatfish
sand dab - the lean flesh of a small flounder from the Pacific coast of North America
lemon sole, winter flounder - flesh of American flounder; important in the winter
2.flounder - any of various European and non-European marine flatfish
flatfish - any of several families of fishes having flattened bodies that swim along the sea floor on one side of the body with both eyes on the upper side
Verb1.flounder - walk with great difficulty; "He staggered along in the heavy snow"
walk - use one's feet to advance; advance by steps; "Walk, don't run!"; "We walked instead of driving"; "She walks with a slight limp"; "The patient cannot walk yet"; "Walk over to the cabinet"
2.flounder - behave awkwardly; have difficulties; "She is floundering in college"
struggle, fight - make a strenuous or labored effort; "She struggled for years to survive without welfare"; "He fought for breath"

flounder

verb
1. falter, struggle, stall, slow down, run into trouble, come unstuck (informal), be in difficulties, hit a bad patch The economy was floundering.
2. dither, struggle, blunder, be confused, falter, be in the dark, be out of your depth The president is floundering, trying to jump-start his campaign.
3. struggle, struggle, toss, thrash, plunge, stumble, tumble, muddle, fumble, grope, wallow men floundering about in the water
Usage: Flounder is sometimes wrongly used where founder is meant: the project foundered (not floundered) because of lack of funds.

flounder

verb
1. To proceed or perform in an unsteady, faltering manner:
2. To move about in an indolent or clumsy manner:
Translations
يَتَخَبَّط في، يَغوص في الوَحِل
plácat se
fægte med arme og bensprælle
kampela
bukdácsollepényhal
flyîra
도다리
kapanotiskapstytis
ķepuroties
flądra
flundra
çırpınmak

flounder

1 [ˈflaʊndəʳ] N (flounder or flounders (pl)) (= fish) → platija f

flounder

2 [ˈflaʊndəʳ] VI
1. (also flounder about) (in water, mud etc) (= flap arms) → debatirse; (= splash) → revolcarse
2. (in speech etc) → perder el hilo

flounder

[ˈflaʊndər]
n (= fish) → flet m
vi (= fail) → battre de l'aile
to be floundering [person] (= lack direction and decision) → tourner en rond

flounder

1
n (= fish)Flunder f

flounder

2
vi
(lit)sich abstrampeln, sich abzappeln; a stranded whale floundering on the beachein gestrandeter Wal, der sich am Strand abquält; we floundered about in the mudwir quälten uns mühselig im Schlamm
(fig)sich abzappeln (inf), → sich abstrampeln (inf); the company/economy was flounderingder Firma/Wirtschaft ging es schlecht; his career flounderedmit seiner Karriere ging es abwärts; to start to flounderins Schwimmen kommen; to flounder through somethingsich durch etw wursteln or mogeln (inf); he floundered oner wurstelte weiter

flounder

1 [ˈflaʊndəʳ] vi (also flounder about) (in water, mud) → dibattersi, annaspare; (in speech) → impappinarsi, esitare

flounder

2 [flaʊndəʳ] n (fish) → passera di mare

flounder

(ˈflaundə) verb
to move one's legs and arms violently and with difficulty (in water, mud etc). She floundered helplessly in the mud.