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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.

Synonyms:

trudge, welter, distribute, be unclear about/as to something, reel, fumble, galumph, stagger, bloater, bumble, misinterpret, fit, muddle, struggle, miss the point, swag, stamp, get someone wrong, not have a clue, undergo, come under, scuff, limp, stomp, slough, flail, be in the grip of something, contortion, dab, stump, careen, misunderstand, scuffle, convulsion, convulse, clump, bungle, lumber, bream, lurch, be (caught/stuck) between a rock and a hard place, jerk, lose your grip (on something), have no conception of something, lump, shuffle, tramp, slog, be in dire/desperate straits, mistake, keel, wallow, pound, plod, tromp, endure, barge, fudge, not know where/which way to turn, incur, wallow, flog, fumble, coelacanth, clomp, go through, move, misconstrue, toss, contort, shamble, hesitate, thrive, fidget, fidgety, brill, suffer.

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