- going by, beyond, past, over, or through
- lasting only a short time; short-lived; fleeting; momentary
- casual; cursory; incidental: a passing remark
- satisfying given requirements or standards: a passing grade
- Archaic surpassing; extreme: a woman of passing beauty
Origin of passingMiddle English
Archaic exceedingly; unusually; very: 'tis passing strange
- the act of one that passes; specif., death
- a means or place of passing
- without careful thought; casually
- incidentally; by the way
- Moving by; going past: The child waved to the passing cars.
- Of brief duration; transitory: a passing fancy.
- Cursory or superficial; casual: a passing glance.
- Allowing one to pass a test, course of study, inspection, or examination; satisfactory: a passing grade.
- Archaic Extreme or great; surpassing: “'Tis a passing shame” (Shakespeare).
Very; surpassingly: “I will mention only one particular aspect of the current mess because &ellipsis; this one is surely something new and passing strange” (Walker Percy).
- The act of one that passes or the fact of having passed: the passing of another summer.
- A place where or a means by which one can pass.
- Present participle of pass.
(comparative more passing, superlative most passing)
- This use is sometimes misconstrued as meaning "vaguely" or "slightly" (perhaps by confusion with such phrases as "passing fancy", under Adjective, above), leading to formations such as "more than passing clever" etc.
(countable and uncountable, plural passings)
- Death, dying; the end of something. [from 14th c.]
- The fact of going past; a movement from one place to another or a change from one state to another. [from 14th c.]
- (law) The act of approving a bill etc. [from 15th c.]
- (sports) The act of passing a ball etc. to another player. [from 19th c.]
- A form of juggling where several people pass props between each other, usually clubs or rings.
From pass +"Ž -ing.