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


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


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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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 Central-bank officials had been reluctant to signal such a pause until recently because U.S. economic data have been strong and, until last fall, asset markets were buoyant, fueling worries about potential financial bubbles. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Chairman Powell Sees Flexibility on Rates This Year," 4 Jan. 2019 Trump was buoyant all weekend because the investigation was over, golfing with Kid Rock and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., greeting donors and supporters at a political dinner and hanging out with friends on the Mar-a-Lago patio. Josh Dawsey, The Seattle Times, "‘No collusion!’ goes from defiant mantra to re-election rallying cry for Trump," 24 Mar. 2019 The once-buoyant economy sank and Mozambique defaulted on its debt last year. The Economist, "Africa in the redIncreasing debt in many African countries is a cause for worry," 8 Mar. 2018 Despite a strong economy and buoyant consumer confidence, existing home sales have fallen on an annual basis for the last six consecutive months. Dana Mattioli, WSJ, "Lennar Is in Advanced Talks to Sell Its Real-Estate Lending Unit, Rialto Capital," 9 Oct. 2018 On this day, Vignon is particularly buoyant because his petition on change.org has just garnered its 100,000th signature, a milestone that heaps more pressure on church leaders to choose sides. John Leicester, Fox News, "In France, rebel priest takes on church bosses on sex abuse," 6 Sep. 2018 Of those, four were buoyant and would float, but had been anchored to the ocean floor, Miles said. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Navy says mystery mine found off Bainbridge Island was from 2005 exercise," 31 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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The first known use of buoyant was in 1578

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English Language Learners Definition of buoyant

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


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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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