- spoken or written with ease: fluent French.
- able to speak or write smoothly, easily, or readily: a fluent speaker; fluent in six languages.
- easy; graceful: fluent motion; fluent curves.
- flowing, as a stream.
- capable of flowing; fluid, as liquids or gases.
- easily changed or adapted; pliant.
Origin of fluent
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Examples from the Web for fluently
The helmsman, who did not speak English or Italian fluently, responded, “Hard to Starboard?”Costa Concordia’s Captain’s Culpability in Crash and Deaths Weighed by Judge
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 16, 2012
He painted her, as fluently as Sargent or Boldini might have, then wrapped the painting, and tied up the package.Remembering Jeanne-Claude
November 26, 2009
My father practiced his new signature until he could write it fluently.My Father, The Inglourious Basterd
August 9, 2009
How many 72-year-olds do you know who can speak that fluently?Not Bad For a 72-Year-Old
October 8, 2008
He spoke easily, fluently, and calmly: a man supremely self-controlled.The Snare
You speak foreign languages—at least, French and German—fluently.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
She spoke French and Italian as fluently as she did English.Queen Elizabeth
He said this with a slightly foreign accent, but fluently and easily.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
Then the great man began to swear, and did it well and fluently, with gusto.Cruel Barbara Allen
David Christie Murray
- able to speak or write a specified foreign language with facility
- spoken or written with facilityhis French is fluent
- easy and graceful in motion or shape
- flowing or able to flow freely
Word Origin and History for fluently
1580s, "flowing freely" (of water, also of speech), from Latin fluentem (nominative fluens) "lax, relaxed," figuratively "flowing, fluent," present participle of fluere "to flow, stream, run, melt," from PIE *bhleugw-, extended form of *bhleu- "to swell, well up, overflow" (cf. Latin flumen "river;" Greek phluein "to boil over, bubble up," phlein "to abound"), an extension of root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell;" see bole. Used interchangeably with fluid in Elizabethan times. Related: Fluently.