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fluent

[floo-uh nt] /ˈflu ənt/
adjective
1.
spoken or written with ease:
fluent French.
2.
able to speak or write smoothly, easily, or readily:
a fluent speaker; fluent in six languages.
3.
easy; graceful:
fluent motion; fluent curves.
4.
flowing, as a stream.
5.
capable of flowing; fluid, as liquids or gases.
6.
easily changed or adapted; pliant.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin fluent- (stem of fluēns) flowing, present participle of fluere; see -ent
Related forms
fluency, fluentness, noun
fluently, adverb
nonfluency, noun
nonfluent, adjective
nonfluently, adverb
nonfluentness, noun
overfluency, noun
overfluent, adjective
overfluently, adverb
overfluentness, noun
transfluent, adjective
unfluent, adjective
unfluently, adverb
Synonyms
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 overfluent

fluent

/ˈfluːənt/
adjective
1.
able to speak or write a specified foreign language with facility
2.
spoken or written with facility: his French is fluent
3.
easy and graceful in motion or shape
4.
flowing or able to flow freely
Derived Forms
fluently, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: flowing, from fluere to flow
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Word Origin and History for overfluent

fluent

adj.

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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