- to fail in a course or examination.
- to fail to get a passing mark in: to flunk math.
- to give a failing grade to; remove (a student) as unqualified from a school or course.
- a failure, as in a course or examination.
- flunk out, to fail and be unable to continue in: He flunked out of flight school.
Origin of flunk
Examples from the Web for flunk
Did President Obama flunk Con Law at his news conference Monday?Obama’s Comments Remind Us How Meaningless ‘Judicial Activism’ Is
April 4, 2012
If Grutter is given more teeth, many affirmative-action programs around the country could flunk constitutional scrutiny.Will the Supreme Court End Affirmative Action?
February 26, 2012
The school is known in wealthy circles as “Dumb White Kids Getting High Together,” but Hilton actually managed to flunk out.A Socialite's Tragic Curtain Call
January 6, 2010
You could flunk every advanced student you had with that one.The Galaxy Primes
Edward Elmer Smith
"Jimmie wants awfully to flunk—and dassent," was her mental comment.American Cookery
Miss Lord will flunk Rosalie if the rest of us don't take care of her.Just Patty
"But you can live, even if you should flunk math," Patty continued reassuringly.
We can flunk Latin and math; but if we flunk any more we're gone.
- to fail or cause to fail to reach the required standard in (an examination, course, etc)
- (intr foll by out) to be dismissed from a school or college through failure in examinations
- a low grade below the pass standard
Word Origin and History for flunk
1823, American English college slang, original meaning "to back out, give up, fail," traditionally said to be an alteration of British university slang funk "to be frightened, shrink from" (see funk (n.1)). Related: Flunked; flunking.