- 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.
short-lived definition by Webster's New World
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having or tending to have a short life span or existence
short-lived definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Living or lasting only a short time; ephemeral.
Origin: short + (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 the most recent survey 43 percent of the Usage Panel preferred (-lĭvd), 39 percent preferred (-līvd), and 18 percent found both pronunciations equally acceptable.