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verb \ˈbəz\

Simple Definition of buzz

  • : to make the low, continuous sound of a flying insect (such as a bee)

  • : to make a low, continuous sound

  • : to be filled with a low, continuous sound

Full Definition of buzz

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a low continuous humming sound like that of a bee

  3. 2 a :  murmur, whisper b :  to be filled with a confused murmur <the room buzzed with excitement>

  4. 3 :  to make a signal with a buzzer

  5. 4 :  to go quickly :  hurry <buzzed around town in a sports car>; also :  scram —usually used with off

  6. 5 :  to feel high especially from a drug

  7. transitive verb
  8. 1 :  to utter covertly by or as if by whispering

  9. 2 :  to cause to buzz

  10. 3 :  to fly fast and close to <planes buzz the crowd>

  11. 4 :  to summon or signal with a buzzer; also :  to let in through an electronically controlled entrance —used with in or through <buzzed him in>

  12. 5 dial English :  to drink to the last drop <get some more port whilst I buzz this bottle — W. M. Thackeray>

Examples of buzz

  1. Flies were buzzing around the picnic tables.

  2. The hall buzzed with excitement as the audience waited for the show to start.

  3. My mind is buzzing with ideas.

  4. The nurse buzzed the doctor who was on duty.

  5. She buzzed her secretary to say she was going out for lunch.

  6. Ring the bell when you arrive and someone will buzz you into the building.

  7. Let me buzz you out.

Origin of buzz

Middle English bussen, of imitative origin

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with buzz




Simple Definition of buzz

  • : the low, continuous sound made by a flying insect (such as a bee)

  • : a low, continuous sound

  • : a low sound caused by many people talking at the same time

Full Definition of buzz

  1. 1 :  a persistent vibratory sound

  2. 2 a :  a confused murmur b :  rumor, gossip c :  a flurry of activity d :  fad, craze e :  speculative or excited talk or attention relating especially to a new or forthcoming product or event <one of the few new shows that's getting good buzzTV Guide>; also :  an instance of such talk or attention <their first CD created a huge buzz>

  3. 3 :  a signal conveyed by buzzer; specifically :  a telephone call

  4. 4 :  high 4

Examples of buzz

  1. We heard the buzz of the bees as we walked through the garden.

  2. When the machine is turned on, it makes a quiet buzz.

  3. There was a buzz of voices in the hall as the audience waited for the show to start.

  4. What's the latest buzz about their marriage?

  5. The buzz is that she turned down the job because the pay was too low.

  6. There's been quite a buzz about the new movie.

  7. The team's new players are creating a buzz among baseball fans.

  8. There's been a lot of buzz about the new movie.

Circa 1600

First Known Use of buzz

circa 1600

BUZZ Defined for Kids



verb \ˈbəz\

Definition of buzz


  1. 1 :  to make a low humming sound like that of bees

  2. 2 :  to be filled with a low hum or murmur <The room buzzed with excitement.>

  3. 3 :  to fly an airplane low over




Definition of buzz

  1. :  a low humming sound

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