without difficulty; with great success; effortlessly: She passed the exam swimmingly.

Origin of swimmingly

1615–25; swimming (in sense “progressing smoothly”) + -ly
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Examples from the Web for swimmingly

Historical Examples of swimmingly

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for swimmingly



successfully, effortlessly, or well (esp in the phrase go swimmingly)
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Word Origin and History for swimmingly

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

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