- The definition of short lived is something that was not meant to last a long time or that did not last a long time.
An example of short lived is a romance where the couple broke up after two dates.
having or tending to have a short life span or existence
Living or lasting only a short time; ephemeral.
Origin of short-livedshort + (long)-lived. Usage Note: The pronunciation (-līvd) is etymologically correct since the compound is derived from the noun life, rather than from the verb live. But the pronunciation (-lĭvd) is by now so common that it cannot be considered an error. In our 2005 survey, 90 percent of the Usage Panel found (-lĭvd) acceptable and 75 percent found (-līvd) acceptable.
(comparative more shortlived, superlative most shortlived)
- Alternative spelling of short-lived.
(comparative shorter-lived, superlative shortest-lived)
- The pronunciation /ʃɔɹtˈlaɪvd/ (the second syllable rhyming with hived) is more consistent with the etymology (since the term comes from the noun life rather than the verb live), and was formerly more common; however, the pronunciation /ʃɔɹtˈlɪvd/ (the second syllable pronounced as the verb lived) is more common today.