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[swim-ing-lee] /ˈswɪm ɪŋ li/
without difficulty; with great success; effortlessly:
She passed the exam swimmingly.
Origin of swimmingly
1615-25; swimming (in sense “progressing smoothly”) + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for swimmingly
Historical Examples
  • It gave Roland an advantage, and he went on swimmingly with his mischief.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • A man who sets to to form a library will go on swimmingly for a short way.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton
  • So matters go on swimmingly at the house of Madame Flamingo.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • We're getting along smoothly and swimmingly, just like a happy family.

    Under Fire Charles King
  • In this well-situated tenement, Mr Cophagus got on swimmingly.

    Japhet in Search of a Father Frederick Marryat
  • Things went on swimmingly then until that awful drought came.

    The Liberty Girl Rena I. Halsey
  • You will find us getting on swimmingly when you come on in October.

  • "Then everything is going on swimmingly," said the countess clapping her hands.

    Balsamo, The Magician Alexander Dumas
  • This extract—it is no more—from our conversation will show that it was going on swimmingly.

    The Great Miss Driver Anthony Hope
  • In the mean time, I write to my friends in France that I am getting on swimmingly.

    John Bull, Junior Max O'Rell
British Dictionary definitions for swimmingly


successfully, effortlessly, or well (esp in the phrase go swimmingly)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for swimmingly

"with steady, smooth progress," 1620s, from swimming + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for swimmingly



Wonderfully; quite nicely: does swimmingly at illustration

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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