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 Dictionary entry overview: What does buoyant mean? 

BUOYANT (adjective)
  The adjective BUOYANT has 2 senses:

1. tending to float on a liquid or rise in air or gas
2. characterized by liveliness and lightheartedness

  Familiarity information: BUOYANT used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

BUOYANT (adjective)

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Tending to float on a liquid or rise in air or gas


buoyant; floaty

Context examples:

buoyant balloons / buoyant balsawood boats / a floaty scarf


light (of comparatively little physical weight or density)

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Characterized by liveliness and lightheartedness


perky; buoyant; chirpy

Context examples:

buoyant spirits / his quick wit and chirpy humor / looking bright and well and chirpy / a perky little widow in her 70s


cheerful (being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits)

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