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See also: shortlived


Alternative forms[edit]


From short +‎ lived (having a life, lifed), equivalent to short +‎ life +‎ -ed. Compare Middle English short-livi, sort-levi (short-lived).


  • (US) IPA(key): /ʃɔɹtˈlɪvd/, /ʃɔɹtˈlaɪvd/; see usage notes below


short-lived (comparative shorter-lived, superlative shortest-lived)

  1. Alive or existent for only a short period of time.
    But his joy was short-lived, for his fortunes soon changed.
    • 2021 August 11, Richard Foster, “A century of railway politics”, in RAIL, number 937, page 42:
      Did you know?
      The London & North Western that became part of the LMS actually consisted of the older LNWR and the Lancashire & Yorkshire. Their merger came into effect on January 1 1922 to create the biggest but most short-lived "pre-Grouping' company.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The pronunciation /ʃɔɹtˈlaɪvd/ (the second syllable rhyming with hived) is more consistent with the etymology (since the term comes from the noun life rather than the verb live), and was formerly more common; however, the pronunciation /ʃɔɹtˈlɪvd/ (the second syllable pronounced as the verb lived) is more common today.



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