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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fey-ling]
    • /ˈfeɪ lɪŋ/
    • /ˈfeɪ.lɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fey-ling]
    • /ˈfeɪ lɪŋ/

Definitions of failing word

  • noun failing Slang. an embarrassing or humorous mistake, humiliating situation, etc., that is subject to ridicule and given an exaggerated importance: Their app update is a massive fail. the condition or quality resulting from having failed in this way: His online post is full of fail. a person who fails in this way. 1
  • noun failing Stock Exchange. a stockbroker's inability to deliver or receive security within the required time after sale or purchase. such an undelivered security. 1
  • noun failing Obsolete. failure as to performance, occurrence, etc. 1
  • preposition failing in the absence or default of: Failing payment, we shall sue. 1
  • verb without object failing to fall short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, desired, or approved: The experiment failed because of poor planning. 1
  • verb without object failing to receive less than the passing grade or mark in an examination, class, or course of study: He failed in history. 1

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Origin of failing

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at fail, -ing1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Failing


failing popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

failing usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for failing

noun failing

  • flaw — Also called windflaw. a sudden, usually brief windstorm or gust of wind.
  • failure — an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success: His effort ended in failure. The campaign was a failure.
  • weakness — the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, firmness, vigor, or the like; feebleness.
  • defect — A defect is a fault or imperfection in a person or thing.
  • foible — a minor weakness or failing of character; slight flaw or defect: an all-too-human foible.

adverb failing

  • on the rocks — a large mass of stone forming a hill, cliff, promontory, or the like.

adjective failing

  • deteriorating — Become progressively worse.
  • fading — to lose brightness or vividness of color.
  • waning — to decrease in strength, intensity, etc.: Daylight waned, and night came on. Her enthusiasm for the cause is waning.
  • dwindling — to become smaller and smaller; shrink; waste away: His vast fortune has dwindled away.
  • dying — ceasing to live; approaching death; expiring: a dying man.

preposition failing

  • without — with the absence, omission, or avoidance of; not with; with no or none of; lacking: without help; without shoes; without her helping me; without him to help.
  • lacking — being without; not having; wanting; less: Lacking equipment, the laboratory couldn't undertake the research project.

Antonyms for failing

noun failing

  • perfection — the state or quality of being or becoming perfect.
  • advantage — An advantage is something that puts you in a better position than other people.
  • strong point — Bridge. a long suit that contains high cards.
  • strength — the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor.
  • benefit — The benefit of something is the help that you get from it or the advantage that results from it.

adjective failing

  • adequate — If something is adequate, there is enough of it or it is good enough to be used or accepted.
  • enough — As much or as many as required.
  • sufficient — adequate for the purpose; enough: sufficient proof; sufficient protection.
  • ok — all right; proceeding normally; satisfactory or under control: Things are OK at the moment.
  • healthy — possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality: a healthy body; a healthy mind.

Top questions with failing

  • what is a failing grade in college?
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