What does buoy mean?

Definitions for buoyˈbu i, bɔɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word buoy.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Buoy

    boi, n. a floating cask or light piece of wood fastened by a rope or chain to indicate shoals, the position of a ship's anchor, &c.—v.t. to fix buoys or marks: to keep afloat, bear up, or sustain: to raise the spirits.—ns. Buoy′age, a series of buoys or floating beacons to mark the course for vessels: the providing of buoys; Buoy′ancy, capacity for floating lightly on water or in the air: specific lightness: (fig.) lightness of spirit, cheerfulness.—adj. Buoy′ant, light: cheerful.—n. Buoy′antness. [Dut. boei, buoy, fetter, through Romance forms (Norman boie), from Low L. boia, a collar of leather.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of buoy in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of buoy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Le Cun:

    I am 100% positive that there were no signs on the buoy, i know that because my boat was tied to that buoy.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Le Cun:

    There is an eight-foot buoy floating at the point of the intake piping, which has been in place since the plant opened, and states that people should stay 100 feet away. There are three intake pipes, which extend for a quarter mile along the floor of the ocean, and the one that the diver swam into is 16 feet in diameter with a protective cap.

  5. 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.

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