Definition for failed (2 of 2)
verb (used without object)
- to make an embarrassing or humorous mistake, be in a humiliating situation, etc., and be subject to ridicule: Showed up late to the wedding? You fail!
- to be embarrassingly incompetent, stupid, etc.: She fails at life. I just failed at walking and fell on my face.
- to be bad or of inferior quality: The play is terrible—even the music fails.
verb (used with object)
- 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.
- a stockbroker's inability to deliver or receive security within the required time after sale or purchase.
- such an undelivered security.
- (used to mock an embarrassing or humorous mistake, humiliating situation, etc., giving it an exaggerated importance): A tattoo that misspells your name? Fail!
- (used to indicate that something is bad or of inferior quality)
- of or noting an embarrassing or humorous mistake, humiliating situation, etc.: the top 100 funniest fail photos on the Internet.
- embarrassingly incompetent, stupid, etc: Why am I so fail?
- very bad or of inferior quality.
Origin of fail
Related formsun·failed, adjective
Examples from the Web for failed
This is the Mexico that has been called a “failed state” — most recently by Jose “Pepe” Mujica, the president of Uruguay.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Apparently, the company “failed to properly test its systems.”
Female business leaders offer the hope of a private solution where a public one failed.
Her relationship with him had failed, Alison told Cole, because he reminded her of their dead son.What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About? Season One’s Baffling Finale|Tim Teeman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nevetheless, Democratic rule has not only failed to halt the trend, but appears to have accelerated it.
And I've not only failed in nearly everything I undertook, but I've been a fool besides.A Yankee from the West|Opie Read
The love that had changed him and the life that had failed him seemed utterly misrelated.The U.P. Trail|Zane Grey
The commission was sent for, and Riel tried to intercept the messenger, but failed to do so.The Remarkable History of the Hudson's Bay Company|George Bryce
Both Hussey and McCormick asked for extensions of their patents, but they failed to get them.The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century.|Edward W. Byrn
I can with great satisfaction say that this means hardly ever failed me.The Art of War|Baron Henri de Jomini
British Dictionary definitions for failed (1 of 2)
Word Origin for fail
British Dictionary definitions for failed (2 of 2)
Word Origin for fail
Idioms and Phrases with failed
see without fail; words fail me.