buoy[bo̵̅o̅′ē; also, and for v. 3 usually, bo̵i]
- The definition of a bouy is a floating object that is anchored to warn of danger or to mark a location.
An example of a bouy is a floating post with a light that shows the entry to the harbor.
- To buoy is defined as to raise someone's spirits or to keep something or someone afloat.
- An example of buoy is when you try to cheer up someone who has just been fired and to encourage him to keep his hopes up.
- An example of buoy is when a life jacket helps to keep you afloat.
A channel marking buoy floating in a bay.
- a floating object anchored in a lake, river, etc. to mark a channel, warn of a hazard, etc., variously shaped and colored, and often equipped with a bell or light
- a similar but larger and heavier object, usually with a ring on top, to which a ship can be mooredin full mooring buoy
- life buoy
Origin of buoyMiddle English ; from (? via Middle Dutch boeie) Old French buie, chain ; from Classical Latin boia, fetter (see boy): probably first applied to the chain anchoring the float
- to mark or provide with a buoy
- to keep afloat: usually with up
- to lift up or keep up in spirits; encourage: usually with up
Origin of buoy< Sp boyar, to float
- A float moored in water to mark a location, warn of danger, or indicate a navigational channel.
- A life buoy.
transitive verbbuoyed, buoy·ing, buoys
- To keep afloat or aloft: a glider buoyed by air currents.
- a. To maintain at a high level; support: “the persistent &ellipsis; takeover speculation, which has buoyed up the shares of banks” (Financial Times).b. To hearten or inspire; uplift: “buoyed up by the team spirit and the pride of the older generation back at home” (Judith Martin).
- To mark with or as if with a buoy.
Origin of buoyMiddle English boie, from Old French boue, probably of Germanic origin; see bhā-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present buoys, present participle buoying, simple past and past participle buoyed)
From Middle English buoy, boye (“a float”), from Middle Dutch boeye (“a float, signal”) or Middle French bouee, boue ("a float, marker, buoy"; < Middle Dutch), from Old Dutch *bōkan, *boukan (“signal, beacon”), from Old Frankish *boukan, *baukan (“signal, beacon”), from Proto-Germanic *baukną (“sign, signal, portent”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰā- (“to glow, light, shine”). More at beacon.