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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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 Whalers nearly wiped out the slow-moving whales, which remain buoyant after they are killed. USA TODAY, "Arthur Ashe, missing Marilyn, pacifier-eating pup: News from around our 50 states," 21 June 2019 The key to the show, which is also the key to ABBA’s music, is to be buoyant and cheery and funny without showing how intricate the harmonies or how deep the lovelorn themes can be. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: ’Mamma Mia’ a crowded, loud party at CT Rep," 10 June 2019 Scientists have known that some plastics have lower and others higher densities than water, meaning that some sink more rapidly while others remain buoyant. National Geographic, "Tiny plastic pieces are spread throughout the deep sea," 6 June 2019 The expansion was powered by consumer spending and a buoyant performance on trade. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "U.K. Economy Picked Up Pace in Third Quarter," 9 Nov. 2018 One part acid bright and one part buoyant grassy green, Jenner's polish option was a playful (and on-point) celebration of the season, made all the stronger when accompanied by luminous skin and this summer's glossy chop. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Kendall Steps Out in the Bold New Nail Color of the Moment in Los Angeles," 3 Aug. 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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12 Jul 2019

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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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