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Definition of the noun flounder

What does flounder mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: flounder / flounders

  1. flesh of any of various American and European flatfish
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic word: flatfish = sweet lean whitish flesh of any of numerous thin-bodied fish
    • more specific terms:
  2. any of various European and non-European marine flatfish
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic word: 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

Alternative definition of the noun flounder


  1. [countable] Any of various flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae or Bothidae.

Definition of the verb flounder

What does flounder mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: floundered | floundering | flounders

  1. walk with great difficulty
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of flounder: stagger
    • more generic word: walk = use one's feet to advance
  2. behave awkwardly; have difficulties
    • example: She is floundering in college
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: fight / struggle = make a strenuous or labored effort

Alternative definition of the verb flounder


  1. [intransitive] To flop around as a fish out of water.
  2. [intransitive] To make clumsy attempts to move or regain one's balance.
  3. [intransitive] To act clumsily or confused; to struggle or be flustered.


Flounder is a Disney character that appeared in Disney's The Little Mermaid. He is Ariel's best friend. Ironically, he is not a flounder, but is more similar in appearance to a Regal Tang or similar fish.


"Flounder" is a musical single of AMB.

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Who is Flounder?

Flounder a.k.a. Emiliano Torres is an actor.

Phrases with Flounder

  1. Fan Flounder
  2. Cape Flounder
  3. Dark Flounder
  4. Deep Flounder
  5. Disc Flounder
  6. Eyed Flounder
  7. Flag Flounder
  8. gray flounder
  9. grey flounder
  10. Gulf Flounder
  11. Oval Flounder
  12. Sand Flounder
  13. Sash Flounder
  14. Slim Flounder
  15. Beach Flounder
  16. Broad Flounder
  17. Dusky Flounder
  18. Khaki Flounder
  19. Natal Flounder
  20. Olive Flounder

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Flounder

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Google previewMethods in Reproductive Aquaculture (2008)

Marine and Freshwater Species by Elsa Cabrita, Vanesa Robles, Paz Herraez

The starry flounder is a Pacific species and its reproduction in captivity is mainly based on artificial fertilization after stripping, which is sometimes limited by the males, because of diminished volume of abnormally viscous milt. Treatment of ...

Google previewRespiratory Physiology of Vertebrates (2010)

Life With and Without Oxygen by Göran E. Nilsson

Starry flounder The starry flounder is a sedentary benthic marine species that is easily exhausted during exercise (Wood et al., 1977; Wood and Perry, 1985). Because of its habit of burrowing into the substrate, flounders and other flatfish ...

Google previewProposed Acceptable Biological Catch and Optimum Yield Specifications and Management Measures for the 2007-2008 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; and Amendment 16-4, Rebuilding Plans for Seven Depleted Pacific Coast Groundfish Species (2006)

Environmental Impact Statement

Arrowtooth Flounder As arrowtooth flounder is a healthy stock, the Council identified ...

Google previewFishing In American Waters

The flounder is an important estuary fish for boys and handline fishers, though it is not appreciated very highly by red fishermen. It is one of the latest fishes angled for in autumn when the icicles begin ...

Google previewBite Size World (2014)

Eating my way Around the Planet by Roger Frankham

Flounder is a highlight, and kingfish,and aboveall otoro fatty tunabelly, meaty andmarbled like beef. (Amazing that otorowas once considered only fitfor cat food and is nowso prized.) A fewcooked dishes punctuatethe sushi bites broiled eel, ...

Google previewCooking in Europe, 1250-1650 (2006)

by Ken Albala

And you know something, the flounder is a royal fish and is very good to eat cold as hot. Cold fish dishes were another item that might appear as an appetizer in the past, just as they are served as tapas in Spain today. By opening it, the author ...

Google previewA Million Words And Counting (2008)

How Global English Is Rewriting The World by Paul J.J. Payack

Founder: Flounder is a fish; to founder is to run aground. 5. Misspell: You do not want to misspell misspell. OTHER FREQUENTLY MISSPELLED WORDS All right Bureau (one of those Frenchderived spellings that Webster tried to eliminate) ...

Google previewA Guide for Using the War with Grandpa in the Classroom (1999)

by Karen Leiviska

A flounder is a type of fish that has special coloring, called camouflage, to help it hide from enemies. A flounder will blend with the bottom of the ocean because it is not very colorful. Imagine what a fish would look like if its surroundings were ...

Google previewThe 150 Healthiest Comfort Foods on Earth (2011)

The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About How to Make Over Your Diet and Lose Weight While Still Enjoying by Jonny Bowden, Jeannette Bessinger

Flounder is a low-mercury fish, but do try to get the Pacific kind because Atlantic flounder is way overfished! Slice the fillets in half lengthwise to make 10 to 12. strips. Gently whisk the oil and tomato juice together in a shallow baking dish.

Google previewPass the Butterworms (2011)

Remote Journeys Oddly Rendered by Tim Cahill

The peacock flounder is a flat gold-and-purple-spotted fish, quite round and about the size of a 33 rpm record. The creature was born a symmetrical fish, but a few days after its birth, one eye migrated to the other. The fish swims a few inches ...

Google previewPractical Flatfish Culture and Stock Enhancement (2011)

by Harry V. Daniels, Wade O. Watanabe

Taxonomy The flounder is an endemic resource off the coast of Chile among which the families Bothidae and Paralichthyidae (Z ́u ̃niga 1988) are present. From the latter, whose genus Paralichthys is ...

Google previewAn Encyclopaedia of Domestic Economy (1844)

Comprising Such Subjects as are Most Immediately Connected with Housekeeping ... by Thomas Webster, Mrs. William Parkes

The Thames flounder is a delicate and esteemed SUBsect. 5. — The Dab (Pleuronectes limanda, Linn.) ...

Google previewInternational Wildlife Encyclopedia (2002)

by Maurice Burton, Robert Burton

When they are young, flounders swim in offshore surface waters and look similar to the young of other surface-dwelling fish. Gradually, though, they move inshore and transform into bottom-living flatfish. FLOUNDER Page numbers in italics ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Food and Drink (2014)

by John F. Mariani

FLOUNDER.Any ofa variety of flatfishes in the families Bothidae and Pleuronectidae, sometimes erroneously sold as sole. The name comes fromNormanFrench floundre,firstin Englishprintin about 1450. The main American species offish ...

Google previewDictionary of Flavors (2017)

by Dolf De Rovira, Sr.

winter flounder ( Pseudopleuronectes americanus), witch flounder (Glyptoccephalus cynoglussus) , common ...

Google previewSaunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary (2011)

by Virginia P. Studdert, Clive C. Gay, Douglas C. Blood

flounder [floun′d r] members ofthefamilies Bothidae and Pleuronectidae; flatfishwitheyes on the same side of the headand often designatedas right eye or lefteye flounder. greenback flounder see Rhombosolea tapirina. summer f.a ...

Google previewSharks and Other Deadly Ocean Creatures Visual Encyclopedia (2016)

by DK

Both eyes on left side in this left-eyed flatfish Bothus mancus The peacock flounder is a flatfish that can change color to match its surroundings. Like other flatfish, the young that hatch from eggs look unremarkable. As they grow, they go ...

Google previewSimiles Dictionary (2013)

by Elyse Sommer

Flounder around like a fish on the beach —Anon A commonly used variation: “flounder around like a beached whale.

Google previewFoods & Nutrition Encyclopedia, Two Volume Set (1993)

by Marion Eugene Ensminger, Audrey H. Ensminger

Description Habitat; Fishing Processing; Uses Remarks Flounder (Black- Variety of sizes; all Habitat: Along every Processing: Dressed; Flounder resemble flying back; Fluke; bizarre in appearance; coastline in ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

FLOUNDER, v. n'de'r [a nasalized form of Dut. fiodderen, to make a appin or fluttering motion, as loose rments: Ger. flimder, to ounder: comp. Sw. fladdra, to utter]: to struggle, roll, or toss, as a horse in the mire. qun'nenmo, imp. rolling, tossing, ...

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Flounder Meaning

Video shows what flounder means. A European species of flatfish having dull brown colouring with reddish-brown blotches; fluke, European flounder, .. Any of ...

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Scrabble value of F4L1O1U1N1D2E1R1

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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