English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'flounder'

(verb) 
Definition
to behave or speak in an awkward, confused way
The economy was floundering.
Synonyms
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struggle
The company is struggling to find visitors.
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stall
an attempt to stall the negotiations
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slow down
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run into trouble
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come unstuck (informal)
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be in difficulties
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hit a bad patch
(verb) 
Definition
to behave or speak in an awkward, confused way
The president is floundering, trying to jump-start his campaign.
Synonyms
dither
We're still dithering over whether to go away on holiday next week.
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blunder
He had blundered into the table, upsetting the flowers.
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be confused
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be in the dark
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be out of your depth
(verb) 
Definition
to struggle to move or stay upright, esp. in water or mud
men floundering about in the water
Synonyms
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thrash
He collapsed on the floor, thrashing his legs about.
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stumble
The smoke was so thick that I stumbled on the first step.
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tumble
The dog had tumbled down the cliff.
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fumble
I fumbled around like an idiot.
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grope
He groped in his pocket for his wallet.
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Usage note

Flounder is sometimes wrongly used where founder is meant: the project foundered (not floundered) because of lack of funds.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of blunder
Definition
to act clumsily
He had blundered into the table, upsetting the flowers.
Synonyms
lose your balance
in the sense of fumble
Definition
to say or do awkwardly
I fumbled around like an idiot.
in the sense of grope
Definition
to search uncertainly for a solution or expression
He groped in his pocket for his wallet.
Synonyms
cast about,
fossick (Australian, New Zealand),
grabble

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