From Middle English floten, from Old English flotian, from Proto-West Germanic *flotōn, from Proto-Germanic *flutōną, from Proto-Indo-European *plewd-, *plew-. Cognate with Saterland Frisian flotje, West Frisian flotsje, Dutch vlotten, Middle Low German vloten, vlotten, German flötzen, flößen, Swedish flotta, Icelandic fljóta, Old English flēotan, Ancient Greek πλέω, Lithuanian plaukti, Russian пла́вать, Latin plaustrum. Compare flow, fleet.
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