fleeting

adjective
fleet·​ing | \ ˈflē-tiŋ How to pronounce fleeting (audio) \

Definition of fleeting

: passing swiftly : transitory … the often fleeting nature of fame and fortune …— Tom Sinclair

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Other Words from fleeting

fleetingly \ ˈflē-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce fleetingly (audio) \ adverb
fleetingness noun

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transient, transitory, ephemeral, momentary, fugitive, fleeting, evanescent mean lasting or staying only a short time. transient applies to what is actually short in its duration or stay. a hotel catering primarily to transient guests transitory applies to what is by its nature or essence bound to change, pass, or come to an end. fame in the movies is transitory ephemeral implies striking brevity of life or duration. many slang words are ephemeral momentary suggests coming and going quickly and therefore being merely a brief interruption of a more enduring state. my feelings of guilt were only momentary fugitive and fleeting imply passing so quickly as to make apprehending difficult. let a fugitive smile flit across his face fleeting moments of joy evanescent suggests a quick vanishing and an airy or fragile quality. the story has an evanescent touch of whimsy that is lost in translation

Examples of fleeting in a Sentence

I caught a fleeting glimpse of the comet. had a fleeting desire to jump into the cool lake but kept on hiking
Recent Examples on the Web The story is told entirely through Mason's perspective, including the exorcism, which is shown only in fleeting moments. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Assent': Film Review," 8 Jan. 2020 The pixies are a fleeting pleasure, and that’s exactly what makes them so special. Alex Schechter, Vogue, "Forget Poppies, Ojai’s Pixie Season Is the California Nature Event to Know," 10 Apr. 2019 That means Japan’s grandiose global ambitions may prove to be as fleeting as the Olympics themselves. The Economist, "What the Olympics will tell the world about Japan," 29 Dec. 2019 Taylor noted the fleeting nature of records Thursday. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Ex-49er WR John Taylor’s game 30 years ago against Rams remains unmatched," 19 Dec. 2019 But TikTok’s dominance could be as fleeting as its 15-second videos. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "US startups are already trying to displace TikTok," 12 Nov. 2019 Addicting Games was my go-to time waster; the simplicity and fleeting nature of flash gaming was something only truly appreciated by the adolescent me. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Sites That Mean the Most to Us," 1 Nov. 2019 The modern retelling of the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice and its themes of death, love, and the fleeting nature of happiness. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 20 Oct. 2019 Which overreactions do our writers think are for real, and which are just fleeting? The Si Staff, SI.com, "Early-Season College Football Overreactions We're Buying and Not Buying," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of fleeting

1563, in the meaning defined above

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16 Feb 2020

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“Fleeting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fleeting. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for fleeting

fleeting

adjective
How to pronounce fleeting (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fleeting

: not lasting : lasting for only a short time

fleeting

adjective
fleet·​ing | \ ˈflē-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of fleeting

: passing by quickly a fleeting instant

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