from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who quits school.
  • noun One who has withdrawn from a given social group or environment.
  • noun A segment of magnetic tape on which expected information is absent.
  • noun The failure to read a bit of stored information.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Someone who has left an educational institution without completing the course
  • noun cycling The slot in the frame that accepts the axles of the wheels.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone who quits school before graduation
  • noun someone who withdraws from a social group or environment


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word dropout.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.