V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, noun

Definition: lasting for a markedly brief time

Synonyms: ephemeral, evanescent, fugacious, fugitive, momentary, passing, short-lived, transitory, volatile

Antonyms: lasting, permanent

Tips: Fleeting is derived from the Old High German fliozzan, "to float." Think of a fleet of boats quickly sailing away, out of sigh--the boats are a fleeting image.

Usage Examples:

Every once in awhile I have a fleeting memory of high school that comes to mind, but quickly escapes. (momentary, short-lived)

For one fleeting moment, he considered reversing his decision. (momentary, short)

After watching the race for hours, I only had a fleeting view of Lance Armstrong as he quickly rode past me. (momentary, brief)

Like most fashion trends, it will be a fleeting success and will soon be replaced by the next new design. (passing, short-lived)

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