- tending to float in a fluid.
- capable of keeping a body afloat, as a liquid.
- not easily depressed; cheerful.
- cheering or invigorating.
Origin of buoyant
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Examples from the Web for buoyantly
She is so buoyantly energetic that she takes two-mile walks on the Rockaway beach at a pace that exhausts her grandchildren.After Sandy Swept Away a Lifetime of Letters, 12,000 New Ones Arrive
January 28, 2013
"That is what I want to decide, right now," he said as buoyantly as he was able.The Brentons
Anna Chapin Ray
Some walked slowly, some fast, some ponderously, some buoyantly.Delusion and Dream
But Elenore turned with her hand on his shoulder and faced them buoyantly.
It swims lightly and buoyantly, but apparently does not dive.Life Histories of North American Shore Birds, Part 1 (of 2)
Arthur Cleveland Bent
It swims well and buoyantly, however, and when wounded has been 228 known to dive.British Sea Birds
- able to float in or rise to the surface of a liquid
- (of a liquid or gas) able to keep a body afloat or cause it to rise
- cheerful or resilient
Word Origin and History for buoyantly
1570s, perhaps from Spanish boyante, present participle of boyar "to float," from boya "buoy," from Dutch boei (see buoy (n.)). Of personalities, etc., from c.1748. Related: Buoyantly.