Origin of flunk

1815–25, Americanism; perhaps akin to flinch1, funk1

Related forms

un·flunked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for flunk


/ (flʌŋk) informal, mainly US, Canadian and NZ /


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 for flunk

C19: perhaps from flinch 1 + funk 1
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