From short + life + -ed.
- (US) IPA(key): /ʃɔɹtˈlɪvd/, /ʃɔɹtˈlaɪvd/; see usage notes below
short-lived (comparative shorter-lived, superlative shortest-lived)
- Alive or existent for only a short period of time.
- But his joy was short-lived, for his fortunes soon changed.
- 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.
not existent for very long