Origin of fleetingOld English fleotende, floating: see fleet
An example of fleeting used as an adjective is the phrase a "fleeting interest," which means an interest that a person only has for a short period of time.
- Present participle of fleet.
From Middle English fleten (“to float”), from Old English flēotan (“to float”).
- The sense was fleeting and overwhelming.
- No grave note, warning us that the pleasures of this earth are fleeting, that the visible world is but a symbol of the invisible, that human life is a probation for the life beyond, interrupts the tinkling music as of castanets and tripping feet which gives a novel charm to these unique relics of the 13th century.
- Images flowed behind her eyelids, most too fleeting to catch.
- In Ireland the Culdees of Armagh endured until the dissolution in 1541, and enjoyed a fleeting resurrection in 1627, soon after which their ancient property passed to the vicars choral of the cathedral.
- Dean had a fleeting sense of relief that Corday hadn't pressed him for Cynthia's address.