\ə-ˈbəz \

Definition of abuzz 

: filled or resounding with or as if with a buzzing sound a lake abuzz with outboards especially : filled with talk or excitement an office abuzz with rumors a town abuzz with anticipation of the big game

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the classroom was abuzz with preparations for that evening's open house for the parents

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Given all the comparisons between Messi and Ronaldo over the years, social media was again abuzz as the debate surfaced as to who was the better player. CNN, "'Fantasy' Lionel Messi sets another milestone with 100th Champions League goal," 15 Mar. 2018 Pakistan's social networks were abuzz following Marvia Malik's first on-air appearance on the March 23 and in the days since she's gone viral across Facebook and Twitter, with many lauding the move as progress for transgender rights in Pakistan. Sophia Saifi, CNN, "Meet Pakistan's first transgender news anchor," 27 Mar. 2018 USA TODAY Sports The Queen City was abuzz Thursday night as the Charlotte Hornets made NBA history. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Hornets beat Grizzlies by 61, NBA's largest margin of victory in 20 years," 22 Mar. 2018 The last time that Congress tumbled into a government shutdown — all of three weeks ago — the Capitol was abuzz. David Weigel, Washington Post, "A quiet protest of the spending bill, a loud chorus of senators ready to move on," 9 Feb. 2018 Downtown Detroit was abuzz earlier this week as thousands of journalists and industry insiders checked out the car industry’s latest offerings at the North American International Auto Show – the perfect antidote to the doldrums of winter. Joyce Wiswell, Detroit Free Press, "Legal Eagles: The team behind the Auto Show," 19 Jan. 2018 What set social media abuzz was that this was a district in which President Trump got more than 72 percent of the vote. Carl Weiser, Cincinnati.com, "Kentucky election shocker a sign of 'blue wave?': Democrat wins in district where Trump got 72 percent of vote," 21 Feb. 2018 The music and media industries went abuzz when Spotify announced last month Dawn Ostroff, former president of entertainment at Condé Nast Entertainment, would be joining the streaming service as its new chief content officer. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "Aggressive Content Bundling Might Be Spotify's Only Chance of Competing With Apple, Amazon," 10 July 2018 This past weekend, the underground bar at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg was dark and abuzz with low chatter, candlelit with a faint scent of sandalwood. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "A Weekend for Female Directors in Brooklyn," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of abuzz

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abuzz

a- entry 1 + buzz entry 1

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: filled with excited talk about something

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