- 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
- 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
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.
Expel or be expelled from a school because one's work does not meet the required standard. For example, He flunked out of Harvard after just one year. [Slang; early 1800s]
Fail at anything, as in The camera ran out of film so we flunked out as photographers. [Slang; late 1800s]