\ˈfləŋk \
flunked; flunking; flunks

Definition of flunk 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fail especially in an examination or course

transitive verb

1 : to give a failing grade to

2 : to get a failing grade or result in



Definition of flunk (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of flunking

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Other Words from flunk


flunker noun

Examples of flunk in a Sentence


If I flunk this class, I have to take it over again. If I flunk, I have to take this class over again. The teacher had to flunk two students.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

White adopted it after the dog flunked seeing-eye aide training. Fox News, "Betty White's 80-year Hollywood career honored with PBS special," 1 Aug. 2018 Dwyer said authorities talked with Ream several times and that Ream flunked a polygraph. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Police: Up to 6 girls may be buried at Macomb Twp. site," 8 May 2018 Popular SUVs flunk crash tests Of eight SUVs, the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee had the worst results for midsize SUVs in crash tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. USA TODAY, "They'll always have Singapore," 12 June 2018 One inspector flunked the convoy on Thursday, took the weekend off and came back days later. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "How U.S. troops could get stuck in a traffic jam on their way to fend off war with Russia," 24 June 2018 White rappers are by far the most flagrant appropriators on today's pop charts, and many of them flunk these questions. Chris Richards, chicagotribune.com, "The 5 hardest questions in pop music," 3 July 2018 About half flunked a critical eye movement test, and more than two dozen reported dizziness or vertigo. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "Sonic attack or mass paranoia? New evidence stokes debate over diplomats’ mysterious illness," 20 June 2018 According to an affidavit filed in Orange County, Tweedy flunked drug tests in December and January. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Father whose son died in hit-and-run softened his harsh opinion of driver found dead," 18 June 2018 Dwyer would not elaborate on what was found, but confirmed Ream flunked a polygraph test and bragged to other inmates in prison about his crimes. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Victims' families ask killer to cooperate in search for bodies," 9 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And some students in general courses may test poorly or don't do their homework and flunk tests, educators say. Diane Rado, chicagotribune.com, "Tribune analysis: College prep courses not preparing kids for college," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of flunk


1823, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flunk


perhaps blend of flinch and funk

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flunk out



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English Language Learners Definition of flunk

: to get a failing grade in (something, such as an examination or course)

: to give a failing grade to (someone)


\ˈfləŋk \
flunked; flunking

Kids Definition of flunk

: fail entry 1 sense 1 I flunked the test.

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