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to struggle clumsily: He floundered helplessly on the first day of his new job.; falter; waver; flop about; a marine flatfish
Not to be confused with:
founder – to fall or sink down; to become wrecked; to stumble; collapse; succumb: The project foundered because public support was lacking.
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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.
The act of floundering.
[Probably alteration of founder.]
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.]
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1. to struggle; to move with difficulty, as in mud
2. to behave awkwardly; make mistakes
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
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]
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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.
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]
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Past participle: floundered
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|Noun||1.||flounder - 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
|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
|Verb||1.||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"|
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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.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
1. To proceed or perform in an unsteady, faltering manner:
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يَتَخَبَّط في، يَغوص في الوَحِل
fægte med arme og bensprælle
flounder1 [ˈflaʊndəʳ] N (flounder or flounders (pl)) (= fish) → platija f
flounder2 [ˈflaʊndəʳ] VI
1. (also flounder about) (in water, mud etc) (= flap arms) → debatirse; (= splash) → revolcarse
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
n (= fish) → flet m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n (= fish) → Flunder f
(lit) → sich abstrampeln, sich abzappeln; a stranded whale floundering on the beach → ein gestrandeter Wal, der sich am Strand abquält; we floundered about in the mud → wir quälten uns mühselig im Schlamm
(fig) → sich abzappeln (inf), → sich abstrampeln (inf); the company/economy was floundering → der Firma/Wirtschaft ging es schlecht; his career floundered → mit seiner Karriere ging es abwärts; to start to flounder → ins Schwimmen kommen; to flounder through something → sich durch etw wursteln or mogeln (inf); he floundered on → er wurstelte weiter
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
flounder1 [ˈflaʊndəʳ] vi (also flounder about) (in water, mud) → dibattersi, annaspare; (in speech) → impappinarsi, esitare
flounder2 [flaʊndəʳ] n (fish) → passera di mare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
to move one's legs and arms violently and with difficulty (in water, mud etc). She floundered helplessly in the mud. spartel يَتَخَبَّط في، يَغوص في الوَحِل цапам debater-se plácat se zappeln sprælle; fægte med arme og ben τσαλαβούτω, παραδέρνωpatalear kahlama دست و پا زدن räpiköidä patauger לְפַרפֵּר अटकना, घबरा जाना koprcati se bukdácsol menggapai-gapai flyðra dibattersi もがく 버둥거리다 kapanotis, kapstytis ķepuroties mengapa-gapai spartelensprelle, kaste seg fram og tilbake brnąć, szamotać się زوروهلو، لاس او پښى وهل، تپېدل، ښويېدل، بندېدل (په خبرو كى): اشتباه كول debater-se a se zbate барахтаться hádzať sa bresti batrgati se sprattla, tumla, rulla ตะเกียกตะกายฝ่า (น้ำ, โคลน) çırpınmak 掙扎 борсатися لڑکھڑا کر آگے بڑھنا loạng choạng 挣扎
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