nun buoy



a conical, unlighted buoy used as a channel marker, especially on the starboard side of a channel entering from seaward.

Compare can buoy.

Origin of nun buoy

1695–1705; obsolete nun spinning top + buoy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nun buoy

Historical Examples of nun buoy

  • The boat shaved a nun-buoy outside Barmouth Point so closely that Staff could almost have touched it by stretching out his arm.

    The Bandbox

    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for nun buoy

nun buoy


nautical a buoy, conical at the top, marking the right side of a channel leading into a harbour: green in British waters but red in US watersCompare can buoy

Word Origin for nun buoy

C18: from obsolete nun a child's spinning top + buoy
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