adjective or adverb \ə-ˈflōt\

: floating on water

: having enough money to continue : able to continue without suffering financial failure

Full Definition of AFLOAT

a :  borne on or as if on the water
b :  being at sea
:  free of difficulties :  self-sufficient <the inheritance kept them afloat for years>
a :  circulating about <nasty stories were afloat>
b :  adrift

Origin of AFLOAT

Middle English aflot, from Old English on flot, from on + flot, from flot deep water, sea; akin to Old English flēotan to float — more at fleet
First Known Use: before 12th century


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