Definition of fleeting in English:

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fleeting

Pronunciation: /ˈflēdiNG/

adjective

Lasting for a very short time: hoping to get a fleeting glimpse of a whale underwater
More example sentences
  • Her heavy lids hid her eyes so well that they were seen only momentarily, like the fleeting glimpse of water in a deep well.
  • Those joyful and fleeting moments in the streets give us a brief glimpse of what our worlds could be like.
  • And for that brief, fleeting moment, it almost didn't seem so bad.
Synonyms
brief, short, short-lived, quick, momentary, cursory, transient, ephemeral, fugitive, passing, transitory
literary evanescent

Derivatives

fleetingness

noun
Example sentences
  • There were writers I'd never heard of, proving the fleetingness of fame.
  • In the late fifties, for example, making art designed to live only in the present could embody a radical faith in fleetingness.
  • A lot of my songs are about death and the fleetingness of life.

Words that rhyme with fleeting

beating, greeting, Keating, meeting, self-defeating, sweeting
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