To flunk is to fail or not perform as expected. This is a term used for performance in school among students, but it can also be applied to situations outside of education.

  • I flunked my test.
  • Gabriel is afraid he’s going to flunk his final exam.
  • Diane flunked out of med school.
  • If you don’t want to flunk out of school, you have to study.
  • Yussuf is flunking his math class.
  • Ms. Roberts has a reputation for flunking her students. (A student flunks the test; the teacher flunks the student.)
  • What are you going to do if you flunk your driving test?
  • The president of the company is flunking his responsibilities.


As an adjective, the word "flunky" is used for a person who does the dirty work of a boss or a superior.

  • The President seems to remain above the law while his flunkies go to jail.
  • The orders to ship the stolen merchandise were carried out by flunkies to the boss.
  • Steven is tired of being a flunky to his boss.

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January 7, 2019