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[moh-muh n-tair-uh-lee, moh-muh n-ter-]
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  1. for a moment; briefly: to pause momentarily.
  2. at any moment; imminently: expected to occur momentarily.
  3. instantly.
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Origin of momentarily

First recorded in 1645–55; momentary + -ly
Can be confusedcurrently immediately momentarily now presently soon (see synonym study at immediately) (see usage note at presently)
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  • He had discovered years before that he was sometimes able thus to puzzle her momentarily.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "He wants to build," answered Hattie, momentarily encouraged.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Calendar's moon-like visage was momentarily divested of any trace of color.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Moist flesh if it chanced to touch iron froze to it momentarily.

    Bride of the Mistletoe

    James Lane Allen

  • Phee-e-al, too, had been only momentarily stunned—he was springing.

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin

British Dictionary definitions for momentarily


  1. for an instant; temporarily
  2. from moment to moment; every instant
  3. US and Canadian very soon
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Also (for senses 1, 2): momently (ˈməʊməntlɪ)
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Word Origin and History for momentarily


1650s, "for a moment," from momentary + -ly (2). Meaning "at any moment" is from 1928.

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