Definitions for buoyˈbu i, bɔɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. buoy(verb)

    bright-colored; a float attached by rope to the seabed to mark channels in a harbor or underwater hazards

  2. buoy(verb)

    float on the surface of water

  3. buoy, buoy up(verb)

    keep afloat

    "The life vest buoyed him up"

  4. buoy(verb)

    mark with a buoy


  1. buoy(Noun)

    A float moored in water to mark a location, warn of danger, or indicate a navigational channel.

  2. buoy(Noun)

    A life-buoy.

  3. buoy(Verb)

    To keep afloat or aloft.

  4. buoy(Verb)

    To support or maintain at a high level.

  5. buoy(Verb)

    To mark with a buoy.

  6. Origin: From buoy 'a float', from boeye 'a float, signal; line, tether' (cf. boei 'buoy'), from boie, buie 'line, fetter, chain', from boia 'fetters', originally, 'leather collar for the neck', from Ancient Greek 'strap of ox-leather', from 'ox'. More at cow.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buoy(noun)

    a float; esp. a floating object moored to the bottom, to mark a channel or to point out the position of something beneath the water, as an anchor, shoal, rock, etc

  2. Buoy(verb)

    to keep from sinking in a fluid, as in water or air; to keep afloat; -- with up

  3. Buoy(verb)

    to support or sustain; to preserve from sinking into ruin or despondency

  4. Buoy(verb)

    to fix buoys to; to mark by a buoy or by buoys; as, to buoy an anchor; to buoy or buoy off a channel

  5. Buoy(verb)

    to float; to rise like a buoy


  1. Buoy

    A buoy is a floating device that can have many purposes. It can be anchored or allowed to drift with the sea wave. The word, of Old French or Middle Dutch origin, is now most commonly pronounced in UK English, although some orthoepists have traditionally prescribed the pronunciation. The pronunciation, while chiefly American, more closely resembles the modern French bouée.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Peter Wallerstein:

    It's in pretty good condition, it looks a little thin. It's swimming really good. We put a buoy on it last night that should slow it down, and we should be able to spot it.

  2. William Cobbett:

    The very hirelings of the press, whose trade it is to buoy up the spirits of the people. have uttered falsehoods so long, they have played off so many tricks, that their budget seems, at last, to be quite empty.

  3. Jennifer Lehr:

    The message a child gets is that not only is another person's emotional state their responsibility but that they must also sacrifice their own bodies to buoy another's ego or satisfy their desire for love or affection, certainly no parent would wish for their teenager or adult child to feel pressure to reciprocate unwanted sexual advances, yet many teach their children at a young age that it's their job to use their bodies to make others happy.

  4. Ramana Pemmaraju:

    The more I try to understand one very peculiar aspect of women, it seems clear to me that apart from the beauty or the sensuous state that women command over men, there is an interiority, lesser known to the masses which is more of agony and pain - a resultant effort of the continuous mood swings and the frequent natural cycles that buoy them, it is in this state that women function and calibrate on this basis in selecting their soul mate and not the usual histrionics that men take effort in pleasing them!”

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