Definition of fleeting adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfliːtɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfliːtɪŋ//
[usually before noun]
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lasting only a short time synonym brief a fleeting glimpse/smile a fleeting moment of happiness We paid a fleeting visit to Paris. Word OriginOld English (in the sense ‘floating, swimming’): from fleet ‘move or pass quickly’ + -ing.
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