fluent

[ floo-uh nt ]
/ ˈflu ənt /

adjective

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

1580–90; < Latin fluent- (stem of fluēns) flowing, present participle of fluere; see -ent

SYNONYMS FOR fluent

1, 2 Fluent, glib, voluble may refer to a flow of words. Fluent suggests the easy and ready flow of an accomplished speaker and is usually a term of commendation: a fluent and interesting speech. Glib implies an excessive fluency divorced from sincerity or profundity; it often suggests talking smoothly and hurriedly to cover up or deceive, not giving the hearer a chance to stop and think; it may also imply a plausible, prepared, and well-rehearsed lie: He had a glib answer for everything. Voluble implies the overcopious and often rapid flow of words characteristic of a person who loves to talk: She overwhelmed him with her voluble answer. See also eloquent.

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British Dictionary definitions for fluency (1 of 2)

fluency

/ (ˈfluːənsɪ) /

noun

the quality of being fluent, esp facility in speech or writing

British Dictionary definitions for fluency (2 of 2)

fluent

/ (ˈfluːənt) /

adjective

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

Derived Forms

fluently, adverb

Word Origin for fluent

C16: from Latin: flowing, from fluere to flow
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