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 Dictionary entry overview: What does trounce mean? 

TROUNCE (verb)
  The verb TROUNCE has 3 senses:

1. beat severely with a whip or rod
2. come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
3. censure severely or angrily

  Familiarity information: TROUNCE used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

TROUNCE (verb)

Sense 1trounce [BACK TO TOP]


Beat severely with a whip or rod

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging


welt; trounce; whip; lash; flog; slash; strap; lather

Context examples:

The teacher often flogged the students / The children were severely trounced

Hypernyms (to "trounce" is one way to...):

beat; beat up; work over (give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "trounce"):

cat (beat with a cat-o'-nine-tails)

cowhide (flog with a cowhide)

switch (flog with or as if with a flexible rod)

horsewhip (whip with a whip intended for horses)

leather (beat with a lather strap)

flagellate; scourge (whip)

birch (whip with a birch twig)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They want to trounce the prisoners

Sense 2trounce [BACK TO TOP]


Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities


vanquish; beat out; beat; trounce; crush; shell

Context examples:

Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship / We beat the competition / Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game

Hypernyms (to "trounce" is one way to...):

defeat; get the better of; overcome (win a victory over)

"Trounce" entails doing...:

win (be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "trounce"):

best; outdo; outflank; scoop; trump (get the better of)

outfight (to fight better than; get the better of)

overmaster; overpower; overwhelm (overcome by superior force)

checkmate; mate (place an opponent's king under an attack from which it cannot escape and thus ending the game)

immobilise; immobilize (make defenseless)

outplay (excel or defeat in a game)

bat; clobber; cream; drub; lick; thrash (beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight)

exceed; outdo; outgo; outmatch; outperform; outstrip; surmount; surpass (be or do something to a greater degree)

cheat; chicane; chouse; jockey; screw; shaft (defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit)

outpoint; outscore (score more points than one's opponents)

walk over (beat easily)

eliminate (remove from a contest or race)

mop up; pip; rack up; whip; worst (defeat thoroughly)

whomp (beat overwhelmingly)

rout; spread-eagle; spreadeagle (defeat disastrously)

get the jump (be there first)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The fighter managed to trounce his opponent

Sense 3trounce [BACK TO TOP]


Censure severely or angrily

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


bawl out; take to task; scold; reproof; rebuke; have words; dress down; chide; berate; call on the carpet; chew out; chew up; lambaste; call down; reprimand; lambast; lecture; remonstrate; trounce; jaw; rag

Context examples:

The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car / The deputy ragged the Prime Minister / The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup

Hypernyms (to "trounce" is one way to...):

criticise; criticize; knock; pick apart (find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "trounce"):

castigate; chasten; chastise; correct; objurgate (censure severely)

brush down; tell off (reprimand)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

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