verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- buonarroti, michelangelo,
- buoninsegna, duccio di,
- buoy boat,
- buoyancy bags
Origin of buoy
Examples from the Web for buoy
And he will buoy hopes among Democrats that Virginia is reliably purple, if not blue, in the 2016 presidential election.
They gave me a jolt of encouragement that is going to buoy me for the rest of my writing life.
I suspect this will buoy liberal spirits, but anger the right and befuddle the independents.
He tried to outsmart the instructors by resting the back of his head on a buoy in the pool.
When Joe steered them into a buoy and all seemed lost, Kennedy inspired him to keep going and eventually win the race.
He knew better than to buoy up false hopes, for he had seen too much of the terrible side of war.Air Service Boys in the Big Battle|Charles Amory Beach
See everything ready for slipping from the buoy at nine o'clock.Yule Logs|Various
He had soon marked down the buoy and was regretting that it would be only a matter of twenty minutes before we must land.Margarita's Soul|Ingraham Lovell
As each boat reached the buoy where it was to locate its mine, the men would toss their oars as a signal that they were ready.The Battleship Boys at Sea|Frank Gee Patchin
With the buoy for a guide, Spike had no difficulty in finding the spot where the schooner lay.Jack Tier or The Florida Reef|James Fenimore Cooper
Word Origin for buoy
late 13c., perhaps from either Old French buie or Middle Dutch boeye, both from West Germanic *baukna "beacon, signal" (see beacon). OED, however, supports Middle Dutch boeie, or Old French boie "fetter, chain" (see boy), "because of its being fettered to a spot."
late 16c., "to mark with a buoy," from buoy (n.). Meaning "rise up, lift, sustain" is from c.1600, perhaps influenced by Spanish boyar "to float," ultimately from the same source. In the figurative sense (of hopes, spirits, etc.) it is recorded from 1640s. Related: Buoyed; buoying.