flagging

1
[ flag-ing ]
/ ˈflæg ɪŋ /

adjective

becoming smaller or weaker; dwindling.
weak, fatigued, or drooping.

Nearby words

  1. flaccidly,
  2. flack,
  3. flackery,
  4. flacon,
  5. flacons,
  6. flag captain,
  7. flag day,
  8. flag down,
  9. flag fall,
  10. flag football

Origin of flagging

1
First recorded in 1535–45; flag3 + -ing2

Related formsflag·ging·ly, adverb

flagging

2
[ flag-ing ]
/ ˈflæg ɪŋ /

noun

flagstones collectively.
a pavement or walk of flagstones.

Origin of flagging

2
First recorded in 1615–25; flag4 + -ing1

flag

1
[ flag ]
/ flæg /

noun

verb (used with object), flagged, flag·ging.

Origin of flag

1
1475–85; perhaps blend of flap (noun) and fag1 (noun) in obsolete sense “flap”

Related formsflag·ger, nounflag·less, adjective

flag

3
[ flag ]
/ flæg /

verb (used without object), flagged, flag·ging.

to fall off in vigor, energy, activity, interest, etc.: Public enthusiasm flagged when the team kept losing.
to hang loosely or limply; droop.

Origin of flag

3
1535–45; perhaps blend of of flap (v.) and fag1 (v.) in obsolete sense “to droop”. See flag1

flag

4
[ flag ]
/ flæg /

noun

verb (used with object), flagged, flag·ging.

to pave with flagstones.

Origin of flag

4
1400–50; late Middle English flagge piece of sod; akin to Old Norse flaga slab

Related formsflag·ger, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for flagging

flagging

/ (ˈflæɡɪŋ) /

noun

flagstones or a flagged area

flag

1
/ (flæɡ) /

noun

verb flags, flagging or flagged (tr)


Derived Formsflagger, nounflagless, adjective

Word Origin for flag

C16: of uncertain origin

flag

2
/ (flæɡ) /

verb flags, flagging or flagged (intr)

to hang down; become limp; droop
to decline in strength or vigour; become weak or tired

Word Origin for flag

C16: of unknown origin

flag

3
/ (flæɡ) /

noun

any of various plants that have long swordlike leaves, esp the iris Iris pseudacorus (yellow flag)
the leaf of any such plant
See also sweet flag

Word Origin for flag

C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Dutch flag, Danish flæg yellow iris

flag

4
/ (flæɡ) /

noun

short for flagstone

verb flags, flagging or flagged

(tr) to furnish (a floor) with flagstones
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Word Origin and History for flagging
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