[shawrt-lahyvd, -livd]


living or lasting only a little while.

Origin of short-lived

First recorded in 1580–90
Related formsshort-lived·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for short-lived

Contemporary Examples of short-lived

Historical Examples of short-lived

  • The look in the eyes of his dog, happy in that he is short-lived, is one of infinite sadness.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • The strike of the municipal workers in Warsaw was short-lived.

  • Her speculations on this point were both indefinite and short-lived.


    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Alas for the popularity of personal qualities,—how short-lived is it ever!

    Sir Jasper Carew

    Charles James Lever

  • Victor Lamont's fickle fancy for his companion had been a short-lived one.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton

    Laura Jean Libbey

British Dictionary definitions for short-lived



living or lasting only for a short time
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Word Origin and History for short-lived

1580s, from short (adj.) + past tense of live (v.).

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