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fleeting (adj.)

early 13c., "fickle, shifting, unstable," from Old English fleotende "floating, drifting," later "flying, moving swiftly," from present participle of fleotan "to float, drift, flow" (see fleet (v.)). Meaning "existing only briefly" is from 1560s. Related: Fleetingly.

updated on November 22, 2014

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Definitions of fleeting from WordNet

fleeting (adj.)
lasting for a markedly brief time;
a fleeting glance
Synonyms: fugitive / momentaneous / momentary
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