dropout

or drop-out

[drop-out]

noun


Origin of dropout

1925–30, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase drop out
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Related Words for dropout

quitter, truant, hippie, nonconformist, failure

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British Dictionary definitions for dropout

dropout

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)
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Word Origin and History for dropout
n.

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

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