flag·ging | \ˈfla-giŋ also ˈflā- \

Definition of flagging 

1 : languid, weak

2 : becoming progressively less : dwindling

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from flagging

flaggingly adverb

Examples of flagging in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Israeli troops killed four Palestinians along the Gaza Strip border on Friday as the Hamas militant group that rules the coastal strip struggled to revive a flagging protest campaign. Michael Arnold, Bloomberg.com, "Israeli Troops Kill 4 Palestinians as Gaza Protests Resume," 8 June 2018 Russia and Saudi Arabia have already irked Iran and pleased Trump by agreeing to roll back some of the cuts oil producers introduced to boost flagging prices. Henry Meyer, chicagotribune.com, "Putin is preparing a deal Trump can tout after summit," 6 July 2018 Debt loads in much of the world are higher than in 2013, leaving households more vulnerable to tighter credit conditions and governments less able to spend flagging economies to safety. The Economist, "Rate rises affect global markets—and may feed back to America," 14 June 2018 Flannery previously pledged $20 billion-plus in divestitures, to focus on GE’s power, health care, and aviation businesses -- and to shore up that flagging stock price. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "GE steps up divestitures with deal to exit transportation equipment business," 21 May 2018 But a series of experiments has found that fresh mitochondria can revive flagging cells and enable them to quickly recover. New York Times, "Dying Organs Restored to Life in Novel Experiments," 10 July 2018 But not the New Haven Line, Frattasio wrote; commuters bought so many drinks that alcohol sales offset the line’s flagging food sales, and even helped turn a profit. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Bar Cars Tabled, Again: Beloved Boozy Carriages Quashed By Transportation Funding Woes," 27 May 2018 The 2014 film is about a film actor (Michael Keaton) attempting to give his flagging career a high-culture sheen by producing, writing, directing and starring in a Broadway play. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "‘Birdman’ composer brings the score to life," 10 Apr. 2018 The league officially disbanded in 1954, largely due to declining attendance and flagging revenue, having seen 15 official teams and more than 600 women players in its time. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Catch a Game at These Still-Functional All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Ballparks This Summer," 29 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'flagging.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of flagging

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about flagging

Dictionary Entries near flagging

flag football




flagging iron



Statistics for flagging

Last Updated

26 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for flagging

The first known use of flagging was in 1545

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on flagging

What made you want to look up flagging? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a generally accepted meaning of a word

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!