Children enjoying the buoyancy of their inflatable water toy.
- A coconut floating in the ocean is an example of buoyant.
- A balloon rising in the air is an example of buoyant.
The definition of buoyant is someone or something that is able to rise or float in air or water.
having or showing buoyancy
Origin of buoyantfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps Spanish boyante from boyar, to float
- Having or marked by buoyancy: a buoyant balloon; buoyant spirits.
- Lighthearted; gay: in a buoyant mood.
Origin of buoyantSpanish boyante present participle of boyar to refloat a boat from boya buoy from Old French boue ; see buoy .
(comparative more buoyant, superlative most buoyant)