Meaning of flounder


Pronunciation: (floun'dur), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to struggle with stumbling or plunging movements (usually fol. by about, along, on, through, etc.): He saw the child floundering about in the water.
  2. to struggle clumsily or helplessly: He floundered helplessly on the first day of his new job.


Pronunciation: (floun'dur), [key]
— pl. -der, -ders.
  1. a European, marine flatfish, Platichthys flesus, used for food.
  2. any of numerous similar or closely related non-European flatfishes.
  3. any flatfish other than soles.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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