failing vs flunk what difference

what is difference between failing and flunk

English

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfeɪ.lɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -eɪlɪŋ

Verb

failing

  1. present participle of fail

Noun

failing (plural failings)

  1. weakness; defect
    His worst failing is his temper.

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Preposition

failing

  1. if the preferred or prior option is not possible
    A large proportion of the females employed in other firms are said to have signified their intention of going on strike, failing a settlement.

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English

Etymology

Alteration of funk, or perhaps a blend of flinch +‎ funk.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /flʌŋk/
  • Rhymes: -ʌŋk

Verb

flunk (third-person singular simple present flunks, present participle flunking, simple past and past participle flunked)

  1. (US, transitive, intransitive) Of a student, to fail a class; to not pass.
    He flunked math, again.
  2. (US, transitive) Of a teacher, to deny a student a passing grade.
    Unsatisfied with Fred’s progress, the teacher flunked him.
  3. (US, dated, informal) To shirk (a task or duty).
  4. To back out through fear. (Commonly in the phrase ‘flunk it’, the ‘it’ referring to a specific task avoided; sometimes without specific reference, describing a person’s attitude to life in general.)

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See also

  • flunk out

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