AskDefine | Define momentarily

Dictionary Definition

momentarily adv
1 for an instant or moment; "we paused momentarily before proceeding"; "a cardinal perched momently on the dogwood branch" [syn: momently]
2 at any moment; "she will be with you momently" [syn: in a moment, momently]

User Contributed Dictionary



From momentary + -ly.


  • a UK /ˈməʊmɛntɛɹɪlɪi/ /"m@UmEntErIli:/


  1. In a momentary manner; for a moment or instant.
  2. In a moment or very soon; at any moment.
  3. Progressively; moment-by-moment.


In a momentary manner
In a moment or very soon
progressively; moment-by-moment

Usage notes

  • Many speakers object to the use of momentarily in the sense of "in a moment", since this is inconsistent with the meaning of momentary; nonetheless, this use is quite common in North America. The correct term for "in a moment" is presently.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

briefly, fleetingly, flickeringly, flittingly, for a moment, immediately, in an instant, instantaneously, instanter, instantly, just now, just then, momentaneously, momently, on the dot, on the instant, on the nail, on the spot, quickly, shortly, swiftly, transiently
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