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[shawrt-lahyvd, -livd] /ˈʃɔrtˈlaɪvd, -ˈlɪvd/
living or lasting only a little while.
Origin of short-lived
First recorded in 1580-90
Related forms
short-livedness, noun Unabridged
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  • The look in the eyes of his dog, happy in that he is short-lived, is one of infinite sadness.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • The strike of the municipal workers in Warsaw was short-lived.

    The Paper Moneys of Europe Francis W. Hirst
  • Her speculations on this point were both indefinite and short-lived.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • Alas for the popularity of personal qualities,—how short-lived is it ever!

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • Victor Lamont's fickle fancy for his companion had been a short-lived one.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton

    Laura Jean Libbey
British Dictionary definitions for short-lived


living or lasting only for a short time
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Word Origin and History for short-lived

1580s, from short (adj.) + past tense of live (v.).

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