Know Your Next Word : transient

9. transient :

adjective :

not staying for a long time, temporary

usage :

  • The transient breeze provided some relief from the summer heat, but we were soon perspiring again.

  • The child's smile was transient. It disappeared as soon as the candy bar was gone.

  • A hotel's inhabitants are transient. They come and go and the population changes every night.

  • Transient can also be a noun.

  • A transient person is sometimes called a transient.

  • Hoboes, mendicants and other homeless people are often called transients.

  • A very similar word is transitory which means not lasting very long. A transient breeze might provide transitory relief from the heat. The breeze didn't stay very long. The relief didn't last very long.

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