Other Word Forms of Buoy
Origin of Buoy
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.
Middle English boie from Old French boue probably of Germanic origin bhā-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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