(noun, adjective, verb, preposition)


1. below acceptable in performance

- received failing grades

Similar word(s): unsatisfactory


1. a flaw or weak point

- he was quick to point out his wife's failings

Similar word(s): weakness

Definition categories: state, imperfection, imperfectness

2. failure to reach a minimum required performance

- his failing the course led to his disqualification

Similar word(s): flunk

Definition categories: act, failure

Sentences with failing as a noun:

- His worst failing is his temper.


1. if the preferred or prior option is not possible

- A large proportion of the females employed in other firms are said to have signified their intention of going on strike, failing a settlement.


1. present participle of fail