Origin of failing
Synonyms for failing
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 Words for failingflaw, failure, weakness, defect, foible, deficiency, drawback, error, frailty, fault, imperfection, short, scanty, shy, faint, defeated, scant, wanting, declining, miscarriage
Examples from the Web for failing
Contemporary Examples of failing
He beat his illness twice, wrote about his battles with the disease, and continued broadcasting even as his health was failing.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott
January 4, 2015
Annie Lee Cooper, well played by Winfrey, is shown trying but failing to register to vote.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
But failing that, he advised pro-immigration reform Republican candidates such as former Gov. Jeb Bush to just skip the state.Can This Republican Bring the GOP Back to Its Senses on Immigration?
December 29, 2014
They recorded 10,549 graves on or near the railway in 144 cemeteries, failing to locate only 52 graves.Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway
December 21, 2014
So by failing, I go audition for Any Given Sunday [and] things turn out right.Jamie Foxx: Get Over the Black ‘Annie’
December 20, 2014
Historical Examples of failing
We visited him at Winchester, and found him sorely old and with failing wits.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Since we cannot reach all of them this week, we must try to reach seven; and failing in that, suppose we say one?
She's been failing all along, you know, and she has just cried herself down.
Wotan's heart ached at the thought of failing this friend he loved so well.Opera Stories from Wagner
She is the daughter of an old and failing man, whose days are near their close.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Word Origin for fail
Word Origin for fail
"defect, fault," 1580s, verbal noun from fail (v.).
early 13c., from Old French falir (11c., Modern French faillir) "be lacking, miss, not succeed," from Vulgar Latin *fallire, from Latin fallere "to trip, cause to fall;" figuratively "to deceive, trick, dupe, cheat, elude; fail, be lacking or defective." Related: Failed; failing. Replaced Old English abreoðan.
see without fail; words fail me.