buoyant

adjective
buoy·​ant | \ ˈbȯi-ənt How to pronounce buoyant (audio) , ˈbü-yənt\

Definition of buoyant

: having buoyancy Warm air is more buoyant than cool air. : such as
a : capable of floating Cork is naturally buoyant.
b : cheerful, gay in a buoyant mood
c : capable of maintaining a satisfactorily high level a buoyant economy

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Other Words from buoyant

buoyantly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for buoyant

Synonyms

blithe, blithesome, bright, canty [British dialect], cheerful, cheery, chipper, eupeptic, gay, gladsome, lightsome, sunny, upbeat, winsome

Antonyms

dour, gloomy, glum, morose, saturnine, sulky, sullen

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Examples of buoyant in a Sentence

Warm air is more buoyant than cool air. The actors were buoyant as they prepared for the evening's performance.

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Still, the atmosphere was buoyant, as people sought to stay cool yet embrace the heat blast from the south. Kirsten Grieshaber, chicagotribune.com, "Europe’s heat wave: It was 108.7 degrees in Paris on Thursday. Since measurements began, Belgium has never had a hotter day.," 25 July 2019 The adjectives that loop around these titles are often simply descriptors of summer-ness: airy, buoyant, salty, sunny, breezy. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "The Invention of the “Beach Read”," 14 June 2019 When a worker raises his arms, the exoskeleton provides a counterweight that makes the arms feel buoyant, as if the upper body is suspended in water. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "Industrial Exoskeletons Give Workers a Lift," 17 Jan. 2019 The 73rd annual Tonys ceremony, held at Radio City Music Hall, was a night more buoyant than surprising. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "Who Won and What Happened at the 2019 Tony Awards," 9 June 2019 The ants form air pockets by pushing away from whichever ants they are connected to, creating highly buoyant rafts that are 75 percent air. Quanta Magazine, "The Remarkable Self-Organization of Ants," 9 Apr. 2014 Insidious arguments have even claimed African Americans are less buoyant than whites because of the way African American muscles respond in cold water. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "The fatal drowning rate for black kids is stark. History is part of that.," 13 June 2019 Saint-Etienne striker Robert Beric scored twice and Romain Hamouma added a late goal in a buoyant atmosphere at Geoffroy Guichard Stadium as visiting Nice was beaten 3-0. Samuel Petrequin, The Seattle Times, "Pepe scores twice for Lille, Lyon seals 3rd in Ligue 1," 18 May 2019 The First Heavyweight Match of the World Cup There’s a buoyant atmosphere in Sochi ahead of the first really heavyweight meeting of the 2018 World Cup — an Iberian derby between Spain and Portugal. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Spain and Portugal Play a Draw for the Ages, Starring a Player for All Time," 3 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of buoyant

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for buoyant

see buoy entry 1

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The first known use of buoyant was in 1578

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buoyant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of buoyant

: able to float
: able to cause things to float
: happy and confident

buoyant

adjective
buoy·​ant | \ ˈbȯi-ənt How to pronounce buoyant (audio) , ˈbü-yənt\

Kids Definition of buoyant

1 : able to rise and float in the air or on the top of a liquid buoyant cork
2 : able to keep a body afloat
3 : lighthearted, cheerful a buoyant mood

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