adjective, fleet·er, fleet·est.
verb (used without object)
- to glide along like a stream.
- to fade; vanish.
verb (used with object)
- to move or change the position of.
- to separate the blocks of (a tackle).
- to lay (a rope) along a deck.
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Origin of fleet2
OTHER WORDS FROM fleetfleet·ly, adverbfleet·ness, noun
Words nearby fleet
Example sentences from the Web for fleetly
Fleetly David footed the stairs and returned with two soup plates.David Dunne|Belle Kanaris Maniates
How fleetly goes winnowing on the air even the weariest waving of Time's care-laden wings!
Fleetly, silently, untiringly ran the two brothers, without exchanging a single word of their purpose even to each other.The Secret Chamber at Chad|Evelyn Everett-Green
Fleetly he fled, pursued as far as the gate by the whole body of Penrod, and thereafter by Penrod's voice alone.Penrod and Sam|Booth Tarkington
Past the middle of the field sped Hop, running as fleetly as a hare, and behind him pounded a solitary Farview end.The Turner Twins|Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for fleetly (1 of 4)
Word Origin for fleet
British Dictionary definitions for fleetly (2 of 4)
- to change the position of (a hawser)
- to pass (a messenger or lead) to a hawser from a winch for hauling in
- to spread apart (the blocks of a tackle)