Definition of flounder :
1. A flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae, of many species.
2. A tool used in crimping boot fronts.
3. The act of floundering.
4. To fling the limbs and body, as in making efforts to move; to struggle, as a horse in the mire, or as a fish on land; to roll, toss, and tumble; to flounce.
be in the grip of something, trudge, lump, fudge, contort, careen, lurch, get someone wrong, coelacanth, bungle, move, fumble, incur, come under, misunderstand, flail, not know where/which way to turn, clump, have no conception of something, be (caught/stuck) between a rock and a hard place, endure, slough, thrive, stagger, contortion, bream, undergo, be in dire/desperate straits, stump, brill, misinterpret, welter, fit, fidget, struggle, tromp, convulsion, clomp, barge, slog, reel, toss, miss the point, lose your grip (on something), scuffle, pound, shuffle, stomp, jerk, bumble, misconstrue, flog, muddle, swag, suffer, plod, stamp, bloater, limp, lumber, not have a clue, wallow, tramp, distribute, galumph, mistake, fidgety, convulse, go through, be unclear about/as to something, keel, hesitate, scuff, dab, shamble
fail (part of speech: verb)
fish (part of speech: noun)
hake, goby, anchovy, kipper, lamprey, grouper, fluke, marlin, speckled trout, rainbow trout, halibut, mackerel, bowfin, bass, swordfish, trout, tuna, gar, minnow, ray, guppy, salmon, cod, sole, mudfish, walleye, haddock, sea horse, flatfish, eel, catfish, shark, puffer, whitefish, blackfish, sting ray, dogfish, bluegill, barracuda, sardine, crappie, smelt, turbot, tarpon, hammerhead, herring, sunfish, fish, char, carp, albacore, pickerel, perch, goldfish, sturgeon, pike, sailfish
- One of the boys, " whose face was like a dirty window, from much crying, was endeavouring to flounder through a hopeless number of lines." - "Dickens As an Educator", James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes.
- So that, wherever the flounder looked, it looked while concealing it's other side, all the while appearing to be as falsely over- sincere as only a flounder could seem. - "Si'Wren of the Patriarchs", Roland Cheney.
- If those who know why and how neglect to act, those who do not know will act, and the world will continue to flounder. - "Manhood of Humanity.", Alfred Korzybski.