A Word A Day : Founder

Word of 23rd April 2007: A Word A Day-Founder



Founder (FOUN dur) v: to frail, to collapse, to sink

The candidate's campaign for the presidency foundered when ti was revealed that he had once been married to an orangutan.

Zeke struggled through the first part of the course but foundered when the final examination was given.

The ship foundered shortly after its hull fell off.

Be careful not to confuse this word with flounder which means to move clumsily or in confusion.

Our field hockey team floundered helplessly around the field while the opposing team scored point after point.

The witness began to flounder as the attorney fired question after question.

If you want to remember the difference between the two words, think that when a persons flounders, he is flopping around like a flounder.

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