[floo-uh nt]


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
Related formsflu·en·cy, flu·ent·ness, nounflu·ent·ly, adverbnon·flu·en·cy, nounnon·flu·ent, adjectivenon·flu·ent·ly, adverbnon·flu·ent·ness, nouno·ver·flu·en·cy, nouno·ver·flu·ent, adjectiveo·ver·flu·ent·ly, adverbo·ver·flu·ent·ness, nountrans·flu·ent, adjectiveun·flu·ent, adjectiveun·flu·ent·ly, adverb

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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Contemporary Examples of fluent

Historical Examples of fluent

  • He was a rapid, fluent talker, with excited utterance at times.

  • His antagonist was Dr. Gunning, ready, fluent, and impassioned.

  • Then our friend Kenyon, who is a fluent speaker, can lay the case before them.'

  • Fluent and voluble upon all other subjects, upon this he hesitated.


    William Godwin

  • His English was slower and not as fluent as that of Zoro, and his words harder to understand.

    The Heads of Apex

    Francis Flagg

British Dictionary definitions for fluent



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 Formsfluently, adverb

Word Origin for fluent

C16: from Latin: flowing, from fluere to flow
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Word Origin and History for fluent

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.

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