F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fawl]
    • /fɔl/
    • /ˈfɔː.lɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawl]
    • /fɔl/

Definitions of falling word

  • verb without object falling to drop or descend under the force of gravity, as to a lower place through loss or lack of support. 1
  • verb without object falling to come or drop down suddenly to a lower position, especially to leave a standing or erect position suddenly, whether voluntarily or not: to fall on one's knees. 1
  • verb without object falling to become less or lower; become of a lower level, degree, amount, quality, value, number, etc.; decline: The temperature fell ten degrees. Stock prices fell to a new low for the year. 1
  • verb without object falling to subside or abate. 1
  • verb without object falling extend downward; hang down: Her hair falls to her shoulders. 1
  • verb without object falling to become lowered or directed downward, as the eyes: My eyes fell before his steady gaze. 1

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Origin of falling

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English fallen, Old English feallan; cognate with German fallen, Old Norse falla; akin to Lithuanian pùlti to fall

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Parts of speech for Falling


falling popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% 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".

falling usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for falling

adj falling

  • lowering — comparative of low1 .
  • plunging — to cast or thrust forcibly or suddenly into something, as a liquid, a penetrable substance, a place, etc.; immerse; submerge: to plunge a dagger into one's heart.
  • tumbling — an act of tumbling or falling.
  • sinking — to displace part of the volume of a supporting substance or object and become totally or partially submerged or enveloped; fall or descend into or below the surface or to the bottom (often followed by in or into): The battleship sank within two hours. His foot sank in the mud. Her head sinks into the pillows.
  • crumbling — to break into small fragments or crumbs.

noun falling

  • polemic — a controversial argument, as one against some opinion, doctrine, etc.
  • dustup — a quarrel; argument; row.
  • sinkage — the act, process, amount, or degree of sinking.
  • setto — a usually brief, sharp fight or argument.
  • drop-off — a vertical or very steep descent: The trail has a drop-off of several hundred feet.

adjective falling

  • dwindling — to become smaller and smaller; shrink; waste away: His vast fortune has dwindled away.
  • dropping — a small quantity of liquid that falls or is produced in a more or less spherical mass; a liquid globule.
  • deteriorating — Become progressively worse.
  • dipping — Present participle of dip.
  • diminishing — Make or become less.

Antonyms for falling

adj falling

  • improving — to bring into a more desirable or excellent condition: He took vitamins to improve his health.
  • rising — advancing, ascending, or mounting: rising smoke.
  • increasing — growing larger or greater; enlarging; augmenting.

Top questions with falling

  • one day when the sky is falling?
  • why is my hair falling out?

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