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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for trounce in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

Borrowed from Old French tronce, tronche (stump, piece of wood). See truncheon.



trounce (third-person singular simple present trounces, present participle trouncing, simple past and past participle trounced)

  1. (transitive) to win against (someone) by a wide margin; to beat thoroughly, to defeat heavily
    The Mexican team trounced the Americans by 10 goals to 1.
    • 2003, Lauraine Snelling, More Than a Dream, Bethany House Publishers, →ISBN:
      I dislike bragging, but Edward and I trounced the opposition in the debate on state's rights last week. We received a hearty round of applause and have now challenged the debating team from Carleton to a match.
  2. (transitive) to punish
  3. (transitive) to beat severely; thrash