failing

[ fey-ling ]
/ ˈfeɪ lɪŋ /

noun

an act or instance of failing; failure: His failing is due to general incompetence.
a defect or fault; shortcoming; weakness: His lack of knowledge is a grave failing.

preposition

in the absence or default of: Failing payment, we shall sue.

Nearby words

  1. fail,
  2. fail-safe,
  3. fail-soft,
  4. failed,
  5. failed state,
  6. failingly,
  7. faille,
  8. failsafe,
  9. failure,
  10. fain

Origin of failing

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at fail, -ing1

Related formsfail·ing·ly, adverbfail·ing·ness, noun

Origin of fail

1175–1225; Middle English failen < Anglo-French, Old French faillir < Vulgar Latin *fallīre, for Latin fallere to disappoint, deceive

Related formsun·failed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for failing

failing

/ (ˈfeɪlɪŋ) /

noun

a weak point; flaw

preposition

(used to express a condition) in default offailing a solution this afternoon, the problem will have to wait until Monday
Derived Formsfailingly, adverb

fail

1
/ (feɪl) /

verb

noun

a failure to attain the required standard, as in an examination
without fail definitely; with certainty

Word Origin for fail

C13: from Old French faillir, ultimately from Latin fallere to disappoint; probably related to Greek phēlos deceitful

fail

2
/ (fel) /

noun

Scot a turf; sod

Word Origin for fail

perhaps from Scottish Gaelic fàl

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Word Origin and History for failing
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Idioms and Phrases with failing

fail

see without fail; words fail me.

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