momentarily

[ moh-muh n-tair-uh-lee, moh-muh n-ter- ]
/ ˌmoʊ mənˈtɛər ə li, ˈmoʊ mənˌtɛr- /

adverb

for a moment; briefly: to pause momentarily.
at any moment; imminently: expected to occur momentarily.

Nearby words

  1. mome,
  2. moment,
  3. moment of inertia,
  4. moment of sail,
  5. moment of truth,
  6. momentary,
  7. momently,
  8. momento,
  9. momentous,
  10. momentum

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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British Dictionary definitions for momentarily

momentarily

/ (ˈməʊməntərəlɪ, -trɪlɪ) /

adverb

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

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Word Origin and History for momentarily

momentarily

adv.

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

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