Definition of buoyant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbɔɪənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔɪənt//
    , also NAmE//ˈbuːjənt//
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  1. 1(of prices, business activity, etc.) tending to increase or stay at a high level, usually showing financial success a buoyant economy/market buoyant sales/prices a buoyant demand for homes The relatively buoyant housing market has kept consumers confident enough to spend.
  2. 2cheerful and feeling sure that things will be successful They were all in buoyant mood.
  3. 3floating, able to float or able to keep things floating The boat bobbed like a cork on the waves: light and buoyant. Salt water is more buoyant than fresh water.
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French bouyant or Spanish boyante, present participle of boyar ‘to float’, from boya ‘buoy’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: buoyant