buoy·​ant ˈbȯi-ənt How to pronounce buoyant (audio)
: having buoyancy
Warm air is more buoyant than cool air.
: such as
: capable of floating
Cork is naturally buoyant.
: cheerful, gay
in a buoyant mood
: capable of maintaining a satisfactorily high level
a buoyant economy
buoyantly adverb

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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Word History


see buoy entry 1

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of buoyant was in 1578

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“Buoyant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buoyant. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


buoy·​ant ˈbȯi-ənt How to pronounce buoyant (audio)
: having buoyancy
especially : capable of floating
: being in a happy mood : cheerful
buoyantly adverb

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