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buoy·ant  audio  (boint, bynt) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Having or marked by buoyancy: a buoyant balloon; buoyant spirits.
  2. Lighthearted; gay: in a buoyant mood.

ETYMOLOGY:
Spanish boyante, present participle of boyar, to refloat a boat, from boya, buoy, from Old French boue ; see buoy

OTHER FORMS:
buoyant·ly(Adverb)


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