going by or past; elapsing: He was feeling better with each passing day.
brief, fleeting, or fortuitous; transitory: to take a passing fancy to something.
done, given, etc., in passing; cursory: a passing mention.
surpassing, preeminent, or extreme.
indicating satisfactory performance in a course, on a paper, in a test, etc.: a passing grade on a test.
surpassingly; exceedingly; very.
in passing, by the way; incidentally: The speaker mentioned his latest book in passing.
Origin of passing
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Related Words for in passingcasually, remotely, momentarily, temporarily, quickly, accidentally, unexpectedly, obiter, parenthetically, hastily, fleetingly, transiently, aside, incidentally
transitory or momentarya passing fancy
cursory or casual in action or mannera passing reference
archaic to an extreme degreethe events were passing strange
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"in a (sur)passing degree, surpassingly," late 14c., from pass (v.).
"death," 1869, verbal noun from pass (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Incidentally, by the way, as in “It may be remarked in passing” (Charlotte Brontë, Shirley, 1849). [Mid-1800s]
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