When I was a teen in High School, I distinctly remember coming across such a word while turning over the pages of a paperback dictionary.

The meaning was something like this:

A person who knows he has the attention of everyone in the room, overreacts and grumpily leaves the room (may be shutting the door behind). Imagining a teenage girl might help. What is the word for this?

P.S. Knowing the word would give me inner peace, as of now my ignorance of the word leaves me with a deep sense of dissatisfaction.

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    Was it Storm out??
    – vickyace
    Mar 21, 2017 at 17:34
  • No, it was a single word, pretty obscure one at that.
    – Rio1210
    Mar 21, 2017 at 17:35
  • Was it lengthy?
    – vickyace
    Mar 21, 2017 at 17:35
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    Flouncing out? Mar 21, 2017 at 17:38
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    @HotLicks As I was looking for a particular word that I knew before, so I was not receptive to the phrase storm out. The word Flounce alone has the meaning according to my paperback as - "To move somewhere in a way that draws attention to yourself, for example because you are angry or upset." Basically, the word flounce rang a bell in my head, the phrase storm out is already familiar to me. Sorry if this caused any confusion.
    – Rio1210
    Mar 21, 2017 at 17:55

1 Answer 1


One word for this is flounce , given by the Oxford dictionary as:

Go or move in an exaggeratedly impatient or angry manner.

as in

‘he stood up in a fury and flounced out’

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    That's two words, and less well recognized than "stormed out".
    – Hot Licks
    Mar 21, 2017 at 17:44
  • @HotLicks I agree with you that "stormed out" is more recognized. Nonetheless, I accepted this answer, as it was the word I was looking for.
    – Rio1210
    Mar 21, 2017 at 18:01
  • @HotLicks: In my neck of the woods we're more likely to use stomped off than stormed out (unless we actually want the slightly "affected, florid, poetic" overtones of flouncing). Mar 21, 2017 at 18:35

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