|Origin:||fleet 'to go quickly' (16-19 centuries), from Old English fleotan 'to float'|
fleet‧ing [usually before noun]
a fleeting smile
For one fleeting moment, Paula allowed herself to forget her troubles.
I caught a fleeting glimpse of them as they drove past.
Carol was paying a fleeting visit to Paris.
—fleetingly adverbWORD FOCUS: short
speech/piece of writing: brief, concise, condensed, abridged
person: not very tall, little, tiny, petite
time/event: brief, quick, momentary, fleeting, ephemeral, transient, passing, short-lived
legs/fingers: stumpy, stubby
➔ See also short