Meaning of ponce around in English:

ponce around

phrasal verb

(also ponce about)
informal British
  • Behave in an affected or ineffectual way.

    • ‘I ponced around in front of the mirror’
    • ‘Billy is a Mike Tyson-shaped American who runs his class from a gym full of real people - quite unlike the odour-free folk poncing around in front of pastel gazebos that you see in the British videos.’
    • ‘The menu was sumptuous and fairly daring (we skipped the ‘calf's snout’ and the ‘jaw with endives’) and the waiters were smarter than the clients, but Spaniards are innately informal so no one was poncing around in cummerbunds and cravats.’
    • ‘The last thing we need is another generation of political committees, poncing around the country.’
    • ‘So many people there were just poncing around in rubber outfits.’
    • ‘The idea of him poncing around in everything but doublet and hose in John Byrne's acerbic working-class comedy is hilarious and, showman that he is, Gray tells it with much self-deprecating laughter.’
    • ‘They're all poncing around in aprons with their trousers rolled up and their left breasts exposed.’
    • ‘Ranulf's real name - when he's not poncing around in a Viking costume - is Dave Vale.’
    • ‘I have to admit that at first I was very sceptical and cynical about all these movie people poncing around in Cannes.’
    • ‘Strangely the minute the cameras left the room they all stopped poncing around and ate fairly quietly too.’
    • ‘Nothing worse than seeing all those smug Lib Dems poncing around, as if they own the place.’