Definition of flunk verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    flunk

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//flʌŋk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flʌŋk//
     
    (informal, especially North American English)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flunk
    BrE BrE//flʌŋk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flʌŋk//
     
    he / she / it flunks
    BrE BrE//flʌŋks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flʌŋks//
     
    past simple flunked
    BrE BrE//flʌŋkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flʌŋkt//
     
    past participle flunked
    BrE BrE//flʌŋkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flʌŋkt//
     
    -ing form flunking
    BrE BrE//ˈflʌŋkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌŋkɪŋ//
     
    Exams and assessment
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] flunk (something) to fail an exam, a test or a course I flunked math in second grade. See related entries: Exams and assessment
  2. 2[transitive] flunk somebody to make somebody fail an exam, a test, or a course by giving them a low mark/grade She's flunked 13 of the 18 students. See related entries: Exams and assessment
  3. Word Origin early 19th cent. (in the general sense ‘back down, fail utterly’; originally US): perhaps related to funk ‘state of fear or panic’ or to US flink ‘be a coward’, perhaps a variant of flinch.Extra examples He’d flunked every exam he’d ever sat. She’s flunked 13 of the 18 students. The students who are worried usually aren’t the ones who will flunk. Phrasal Verbsflunk out (of something)
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