[ uh-floht ]
/ əˈfloʊt /

adverb, adjective

floating or borne on the water; in a floating condition: The ship was set afloat.
on board a ship, boat, raft, etc.; at sea: cargo afloat and ashore.
covered with water; flooded; awash: The main deck was afloat.
moving without being guided or controlled; drifting.
passing from place to place; in circulation: A rumor is afloat.
free of major trouble, especially financially solvent: to keep a venture afloat.


Nearby words

  1. afl-cio,
  2. aflame,
  3. aflatoxicosis,
  4. aflatoxin,
  5. aflatoxins,
  6. aflush,
  7. aflutter,
  8. afm,
  9. afn,
  10. afnor

Origin of afloat

before 1000; Middle English, Old English on flote. See a-1, float

Related formshalf-a·float, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for afloat


/ (əˈfləʊt) /

adjective, adverb (postpositive)

aboard ship; at sea
covered with water; flooded
aimlessly driftingafloat in a sea of indecision
in circulation; afootnasty rumours were afloat
free of debt; solvent
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Word Origin and History for afloat



Old English aflote, on flot, from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + float (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper