Origin and Etymology 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
AFLOAT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of afloat for English Language Learners
: floating on water
: having enough money to continue : able to continue without suffering financial failure
AFLOAT Defined for Kids
Definition of afloat for Students
: carried on or as if on water The boat stayed afloat through the storm.
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