Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

Able to be changed and lasting only a short time - thesaurus

Synonyms

pop-up

adjective

a pop-up restaurant, shop, gallery etc opens for a short time, sometimes in a surprising location

variable

adjective

capable of being changed

brief

adjective

lasting only for a short time

short-term

adjective

lasting for a short period of time

temporary

adjective

existing, done, or used for only a limited period of time

floating

adjective

not fixed or permanent, and therefore likely to change

passing

adjective

lasting only a short time, and usually not very important or serious

short-lived

adjective

lasting for a short period of time

transient

adjective

existing, happening, or staying somewhere for a short period of time only

fleeting

adjective

continuing for only a very short time

Show me more
Show me less

More synonyms

adjustable

adjective

able to be changed in shape, size, or position according to what you want or need

a little

for a short time

awhile

adverb

literary for a short time

briefly

adverb

for a short time

caretaker

adjective

responsible for a duty or activity for a short time until someone else is employed or elected

changeable

adjective

tending to change suddenly and often

convertible

adjective

something that is convertible can be changed from one form, use, or system into another

draft

noun

not in a final form and likely to be changed

elastic

adjective

able to change when the situation changes

ephemera

noun

things that are useful or fashionable for only a short time

ephemeral

adjective

lasting for only a short time

erratic

adjective

changing often or not following a regular pattern, so that it is difficult to know what will happen next

evanescent

adjective

mainly literary lasting only for a very short time

fluid

adjective

likely to change

for now

for a short time, until a situation changes

for the present

used for saying that something exists or happens in the period of time happening now but may not be permanent

here today, gone tomorrow

used for saying that someone or something only exists or stays somewhere for a short time

impermanent

adjective

literary something that is impermanent will not last for ever or will not always be the same

inconstant

adjective

formal likely to change frequently and not regular

interim

adjective

intended to last or perform an activity only until someone or something permanent or final is available

in the interim

during the time between one thing happening and another, or while waiting for something permanent or final to become available

kaleidoscopic

adjective

with many different aspects that keep changing

little

adjective

lasting a short time

momentarily

adverb

for a moment

momentary

adjective

lasting for only a very short time

mutable

adjective

formal capable of or tending to change

negotiable

adjective

a proposal, agreement, or amount of money that is negotiable can be changed through discussion by the people involved before a final agreement is reached

not be set in/laid down on/written on tablets of stone

to be able to be changed

protean

adjective

literary often changing and becoming very different

pro tem

adjective

formal temporary

provisional

adjective

intended to be temporary, and likely to be changed when other arrangements are made

quickly

adverb

lasting only a short time

reversible

adjective

able to return or be changed to a previous state

semi-permanent

adjective

something that is semi-permanent lasts for some time but not for ever

shifting

adjective

shifting objects, lights, or shadows frequently change their shape or appearance

the show/it isn’t over until the fat lady sings

used for saying that it is still possible for a situation to change

skittish

adjective

likely to change suddenly and not able to be depended on

tenuous

adjective

weak and likely to change

throwaway

adjective

used about societies, activities etc in which people use a lot of throwaway objects

throwaway

adjective

a throwaway product has been made to be used for a short time only and then thrown away. A more usual word is disposable.

transitional

adjective

temporary, or in the process of changing from one situation, form, or state to another

transitory

adjective

temporary

turbulent

adjective

a turbulent situation, place, or period is one in which there is a lot of uncontrolled change

uncertain

adjective

likely to change and become worse

variable

adjective

changing often

BuzzWord

gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play