Place vs Flounder - What's the difference?

place | flounder |

As verbs the difference between place and flounder

is that place is while flounder is to flop around as a fish out of water.

As a noun flounder is

a european species of flatfish having dull brown colouring with reddish-brown blotches; fluke, european flounder,.



(wikipedia place)

Alternative forms

* (l)


(en noun)
  • (label) An area; somewhere within an area.
  • # A location or position.
  • #* (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • Here is the place appointed.
  • #* (John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • What place can be for us / Within heaven's bound?
  • #* , chapter=5
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.}}
  • #* {{quote-book, year=1935, author= George Goodchild
  • , title=Death on the Centre Court, chapter=5 , passage=By one o'clock the place was choc-a-bloc. […] The restaurant was packed, and the promenade between the two main courts and the subsidiary courts was thronged with healthy-looking youngish people, drawn to the Mecca of tennis from all parts of the country.}}
  • # An open space, courtyard, market square.
  • #* (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • Ay, sir, the other squirrel was stolen from me by the hangman's boys in the market-place
  • # A group of houses.
  • # A region of a land.
  • #* , chapter=22
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=From another point of view, it was a place without a soul. The well-to-do had hearts of stone; the rich were brutally bumptious; the Press, the Municipality, all the public men, were ridiculously, vaingloriously self-satisfied.}}
  • # Somewhere for a person to sit.
  • # (label) A house or home.
  • A frame of mind.
  • (label) A position, a responsibility.
  • # A role or purpose; a station.
  • #* (Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • Men in great place are thrice servants.
  • #* (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • I know my place as I would they should do theirs.
  • #* {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist), author=Lexington
  • , title= Keeping the mighty honest , passage=The [Washington] Post's proprietor through those turbulent [Watergate] days, Katharine Graham, held a double place in Washington’s hierarchy: at once regal Georgetown hostess and scrappy newshound, ready to hold the establishment to account.}}
  • # The position of a contestant in a competition.
  • # The position as a member of a sports team.
  • Numerically, the column counting a certain quantity.
  • Ordinal relation; position in the order of proceeding.
  • * Mather Byles
  • In the first place', I do not understand politics; in the second '''place''', you all do, every man and mother's son of you; in the third ' place , you have politics all the week, pray let one day in the seven be devoted to religion
  • Reception; effect; implying the making room for.
  • * Bible, (w) viii. 37
  • My word hath no place in you.


    * courtyard, piazza, plaza, square * (location) location, position, situation, stead, stell, spot * (somewhere to sit) seat * (frame of mind) frame of mind, mindset, mood

    Derived terms

    * abiding place * all dressed up and no place to go * all over the place * come from a good place * decimal place * dwelling place * hiding place * in the first place * meeting place * out of place * passing place * place card * place-kick * place mat * place name * place of articulation * place of decimals * place of worship * resting place * sticking-place * the other place * give place * take place * workplace


  • To put (an object or person) in a specific location.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=19 citation , passage=Meanwhile Nanny Broome was recovering from her initial panic and seemed anxious to make up for any kudos she might have lost, by exerting her personality to the utmost. She took the policeman's helmet and placed it on a chair, and unfolded his tunic to shake it and fold it up again for him.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Charles T. Ambrose
  • , title= Alzheimer’s Disease , volume=101, issue=3, page=200, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Similar studies of rats have employed four different intracranial resorbable, slow sustained release systems— […]. Such a slow-release device containing angiogenic factors could be placed on the pia mater covering the cerebral cortex and tested in persons with senile dementia in long term studies.}}
  • To earn a given spot in a competition.
  • To remember where and when (an object or person) has been previously encountered.
  • (in the passive) To achieve (a certain position, often followed by an ordinal) as in a horse race.
  • To sing (a note) with the correct pitch.
  • To arrange for or to make (a bet).
  • To recruit or match an appropriate person for a job.
  • Synonyms

    * (to earn a given spot) * (to put in a specific location) deposit, lay, lay down, put down * (to remember where and when something or someone was previously encountered) * (sense) achieve, make * reach * * (to recruit or match an appropriate person)

    Derived terms

    * placement * place on a pedestal





    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) floundre, from . Cognate with Danish flynder, German Flunder, Swedish flundra.


  • A European species of flatfish having dull brown colouring with reddish-brown blotches; fluke, European flounder, .
  • (North America) Any of various flatfish of the family Pleuronectidae or Bothidae.
  • A bootmaker's tool for crimping boot fronts.
  • (rfi, the bootmaker's tool)

    Etymology 2

    Possibly from the noun. Possibly from (founder) or from (etyl) . See other terms beginning with fl , such as (flutter), (flitter), (float), (flap), (flub), (flip)


    (en verb)
  • To flop around as a fish out of water.
  • To make clumsy attempts to move or regain one's balance.
  • Robert yanked Connie's leg vigorously, causing her to flounder and eventually fall.
  • To act clumsily or confused; to struggle or be flustered.
  • * Sir W. Hamilton
  • They have floundered on from blunder to blunder.
    He gave a good speech, but floundered when audience members asked questions he could not answer well.
  • * 1996 , , Virago Press, paperback edition, page 136
  • He is assessing directions, but he is not lost, not floundering .
    Usage notes
    Frequently confused with the verb founder. The difference is one of severity; floundering'' (struggling to maintain a position) comes before ''foundering (losing it completely by falling, sinking or failing).