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 Di Gregorio said that with his job leading travel expeditions, love can be fleeting, so finding someone is precious. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Searching for love in the time of coronavirus," 18 Mar. 2020 In a town where relationships can be fleeting, your support has never wavered and that is not lost on us. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside the A-List Rock4EB! Fundraiser With Adam Sandler, Julia Roberts and Sean Penn," 7 Oct. 2019 Edd Byrnes, who gained fleeting fame as Kookie, the ultra-hip, wisecracking parking attendant on the jazzy 1950s-'60s ABC detective series 77 Sunset Strip, has died. Duane Byrge, Billboard, "Edd Byrnes, Vince Fontaine in 'Grease,' Dies at 87," 9 Jan. 2020 Edd Byrnes, who gained fleeting fame as Kookie, the ultra-hip, wisecracking parking attendant on the jazzy 1950s-'60s ABC detective series 77 Sunset Strip, has died. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Edd Byrnes, Kookie on '77 Sunset Strip,' Dies at 87," 9 Jan. 2020 Plus, in this day of viral videos, athletes who don’t benefit from the exposure of major college football or college basketball could capitalize on worthy feats and fleeting fame. BostonGlobe.com, "California’s Fair Pay to Play Act was signed into law," 20 Oct. 2019 The movie this time is Dolemite Is My Name!, a biopic about the comedian Rudy Ray Moore, who rose to fleeting fame with his lewdly hilarious early-’70s comedy recordings. Rob Haskell, WSJ, "In ‘Black Panther,’ Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter Found a Career-Defining Challenge," 1 Nov. 2018 Instead of milking his fleeting fame, the 36-year-old Foster went back to his day job as an accountant at Golub Capital and hadn’t been heard from until Wednesday night, when he was called onto the stage at the NHL awards show in Las Vegas. Joe Knowles, chicagotribune.com, "Accountant-turned-Blackhawks emergency goalie Scott Foster returns at NHL awards show," 21 June 2018 The lettering of Mackey’s name is clearly visible in a fleeting moment when the rapper turns his back to the camera. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Drake takes fashion cue from Iditarod legend Lance Mackey in new music video," 28 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of fleeting

1563, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fleeting was in 1563

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29 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fleeting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fleeting. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fleeting

: not lasting : lasting for only a short time


fleet·​ing | \ ˈflē-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of fleeting

: passing by quickly a fleeting instant

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