Pronunciation of Buoy
/bˈɔ͡ɪ/, /bˈɔ‍ɪ/, /b_ˈɔɪ/

Synonyms for buoy:

Sense 2 (noun)

blade, ballast, uphold, anchor, lifebelt, inboard motor, flotation device, bollard, life preserver, life jacket.

Sense 3 (noun)

exhilarate, inspire, flush, uplift, exalt, lift, elevate, animate, inspirit.

Sense 4 (noun)

float, ride.

alarm (noun)

beacon, horn, caution, alarm, signal, call, siren, semaphore, flare, warning, alert, notice, whistle, bell, foghorn.

buoy (noun)

buoy up.

buoy up (noun)

hearten, encourage, lift, raise.

floating device (noun)

float, beacon, signal.

flotation device (noun)

life jacket, life preserver.

life jacket (noun)

life vest.

Sense 1

flotation device, life preserver, lifebelt, sonar, float, bollard, life jacket, outboard motor, inboard motor, oar, life vest, sextant, ballast.

Sense 2


Sense 3

inspirit, paddle.

Sense 4

uphold, inspire, anchor, animate, blade.

Sense 5

ride, uplift.

Sense 6

exalt, flush.

Sense 7

elevate, lift.



Other synonyms and related words:

encourage, exhilarate, elevate, animate, buoy up, raise, embolden, oar, bollard, exalt, hearten, bear up, sonar, life vest, lighten, blade, lift, inspire, anchor, flush, lifebelt, chirk, uplift, inspirit, life jacket, uphold, float, paddle, ballast.

contact (verb)

buoy up.

Usage examples for buoy:

  • She was white to the lips, and heaving like the buoy in the wake of the steamer. - "The Trespasser", D.H. Lawrence.
  • You can see her from the window, lying to the left of the buoy. - "Captain Macklin", Richard Harding Davis.
  • She took off her hat, grasped the edges of the brim, reached her arms out and tried to use the frail disk of felt for a buoy. - "The Ramblin' Kid", Earl Wayland Bowman.

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