Origin of fluent
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|DAILY BEAST
He painted her, as fluently as Sargent or Boldini might have, then wrapped the painting, and tied up the package.
My father practiced his new signature until he could write it fluently.
How many 72-year-olds do you know who can speak that fluently?
He spoke rapidly and fluently, he declared, without comprehending or at least remembering what he said.Principles of Teaching|Adam S. Bennion
Wanted, a herder for 500 sheep that can speak Spanish fluently.
He spoke English fluently, as you know, and when you deserted me we became very intimate.
Malcolm spoke French as fluently as his own language, and they had therefore no difficulty or trouble on the way.Bonnie Prince Charlie|G. A. Henty
He spoke Spanish fluently, made a good speech, and told them in effect just that thing.The American Occupation of the Philippines 1898-1912|James H. Blount
Word Origin 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.