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.
Origin of fleet2
Related formsfleet·ly, adverbfleet·ness, noun
Examples 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)