Origin of 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
Examples from the Web for 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|Stereo Williams|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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?|Tim Mak|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They recorded 10,549 graves on or near the railway in 144 cemeteries, failing to locate only 52 graves.
So by failing, I go audition for Any Given Sunday [and] things turn out right.
He had been several times on the very point of making a personal attempt to repair his failing fortunes beyond the Channel.Owen Glyndwr and the Last Struggle for Welsh Independence|Arthur Granville Bradley
Failing to find there what he was looking for, he went up the narrow white-railed stairway to the second floor.The Trap|Betsy Curtis
He had been in failing health for about a year but was confined to his home for only the last week.Lyman's History of old Walla Walla County, Vol. 2 (of 2)|William Denison Lyman
Meanwhile his army was suffering, provisions were failing, and the season was rainy.Battles of English History|H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George
Even in that supreme moment, when her senses were failing and her eyes were growing dim, she saw and understood.A Monk of Cruta|E. Phillips Oppenheim
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.