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.

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