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[boi-uhnt, boo-yuhnt]
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  1. tending to float in a fluid.
  2. capable of keeping a body afloat, as a liquid.
  3. not easily depressed; cheerful.
  4. cheering or invigorating.
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Origin of buoyant

First recorded in 1570–80; buoy + -ant
Related formsbuoy·ant·ly, adverbnon·buoy·ant, adjectivenon·buoy·ant·ly, adverbun·buoy·ant, adjectiveun·buoy·ant·ly, adverb


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  1. able to float in or rise to the surface of a liquid
  2. (of a liquid or gas) able to keep a body afloat or cause it to rise
  3. cheerful or resilient
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Word Origin

C16: probably from Spanish boyante, from boyar to float, from boya buoy, ultimately of Germanic origin
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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.

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