verb (used without object)
1. to struggle with stumbling or plunging movements (usually followed 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.
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2. falter, waver, muddle.
Origin: 1570-80; perhaps blend of flounce and founder
noun, plural (especially collectively) flounder (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) flounders.
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.
Origin: 1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-French floundre < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian flundra
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