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dropout

or drop-out

[ drop-out ]
/ ˈdrɒpˌaʊt /
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noun

RELATED WORDS

quitter, truant, hippie, nonconformist, failure

Nearby words

drophead coupé, droplet, droplet infection, droplight, dropline, dropout, droppage, dropped egg, dropped seat, dropped sole, dropped waist

Origin of dropout

1925–30, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase drop out
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British Dictionary definitions for dropout

dropout

/ (ˈdrɒpˌaʊt) /

noun

a student who fails to complete a school or college course
a person who rejects conventional society
drop-out rugby a drop kick taken by the defending team to restart play, as after a touchdown
drop-out electronics a momentary loss of signal in a magnetic recording medium as a result of an imperfection in its magnetic coating

verb drop out (intr, adverb often foll by of)

to abandon or withdraw from (a school, social group, job, etc)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for dropout

dropout


n.

"one who 'drops out' of something," 1930, from drop (v.) + out (adv.). As a phrase, drop out "withdraw" is recorded from 1550s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper