\ ˈbəz How to pronounce buzz (audio) \
buzzed; buzzing; buzzes

Definition of buzz

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a low continuous humming sound like that of a bee
2a : murmur, whisper
b : to be filled with a confused murmur the room buzzed with excitement
3 : to make a signal with a buzzer
4 : to go quickly : hurry buzzed around town in a sports car also : scram usually used with off
5 : to feel high especially from a drug

transitive verb

1 : to utter covertly by or as if by whispering
2 : to cause to buzz
3 : to fly fast and close to planes buzz the crowd
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
5 dialectal, England : to drink to the last drop get some more port whilst I buzz this bottle— W. M. Thackeray



Definition of buzz (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a persistent vibratory sound
2a : 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 : a signal conveyed by buzzer specifically : a telephone call
4 slang : high sense 4

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Synonyms for buzz

Synonyms: Verb

abound, brim, bristle, bulge, burst, bustle, crawl, hum, overflow, pullulate, swarm, teem

Synonyms: Noun

call, ring

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Examples of buzz in a Sentence


Flies were buzzing around the picnic tables. The hall buzzed with excitement as the audience waited for the show to start. My mind is buzzing with ideas. The nurse buzzed the doctor who was on duty. She buzzed her secretary to say she was going out for lunch. Ring the bell when you arrive and someone will buzz you into the building. Let me buzz you out.


We heard the buzz of the bees as we walked through the garden. When the machine is turned on, it makes a quiet buzz. There was a buzz of voices in the hall as the audience waited for the show to start. What's the latest buzz about their marriage? The buzz is that she turned down the job because the pay was too low. There's been quite a buzz about the new movie. The team's new players are creating a buzz among baseball fans. There's been a lot of buzz about the new movie.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The 18-year-old model and DJ is buzzing after a whirlwind 24 hours: a DJ gig that lasted into the wee hours of the morning directly followed by a day-long photo shoot for Calvin Klein. Jessica Schiffer, Seventeen, "Memphis Murphy On ‘90s Style, Transitioning With Confidence, and What It Means to Be a Queer Model Today," 27 June 2019 Prior to the release, the internet was buzzing with pride in the first Netflix original from the Middle East. Isabel Debre, Fortune, "Netflix's First Original Arabic Series, 'Jinn,' Stirs Up Outrage in Jordan," 21 June 2019 Prior to the release, the internet was buzzing with pride in the first Netflix original from the Middle East. Washington Post, "Netflix’s first Arabic original sparks backlash on home turf," 19 June 2019 Alabama is buzzing about the potential of our legal new cash crop. J.d. Crowe |,, "Hemp hemp hooray," 5 June 2019 Throw in a home crowd that won’t get to see its team for a couple of weeks, and the players should be buzzing. Jackson Satz,, "Even without Marco Fabián, Union confident ahead of clash with Red Bulls," 5 June 2019 The next day, while riding up White Clay Creek toward another spasm of the fighting that was rippling across the area, Black Elk was shot: All this time the bullets were buzzing around me and I was not touched. David Treuer, Harper's magazine, "2020 Vision," 10 Jan. 2019 As Parkhurst spoke, the 9:25 train buzzed by the station, blaring its horn. Dennis Hohenberger,, "Students Present Check From Heritage Day," 13 June 2019 That was less than 24 hours after his phone buzzed from people commenting on the ejection. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "With suspension over, Louisville pitcher Michael McAvene focused on College World Series," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As Disney preps its live action version of the undersea tale, there's a lot of buzz about the cast. Justin Kroll,, "Melissa McCarthy in talks to play Ursula in live-action ‘Little Mermaid’," 28 June 2019 There’s plenty of buzz about the upcoming Oregon State Beavers recruiting weekend, as the football program appears on the brink of multiple additions., "Tommy Spencer, 3-star tight end, commits to Oregon State Beavers," 21 June 2019 Not surprisingly, the felines are generating plenty of buzz. Fox News, "Mysterious 'cat-fox' discovered, may be a new species," 20 June 2019 The footage has caused a lot of buzz in the local community., "Dobby Is Free? Mysterious Creature Resembling Harry Potter Elf Appears in Woman's Driveway," 12 June 2019 Released this past April, the Tread by Everlane is the retailer’s first entry into the sneaker world, and have been getting plenty of buzz around the internet. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The Crown Jewel of My Sneaker Collection Is Officially Everlane's New Tread," 12 June 2019 For Trump personally, the opportunity to generate and then bask in that kind of media buzz is, of course, far from nothing. Timothy L. O'brien, The Denver Post, "O’Brien: Donald Trump’s failures — like his abandoned tariffs on Mexico — make him even more dangerous," 10 June 2019 There’s a lot of buzz around Aalto University in Helsinki. Vogue, "In Helsinki, an International Jury Singles Out the Work of MA Student Ines Kalliala," 31 May 2019 After the show opened, however, all of the buzz has been about Brandon Uranowitz, the actor playing Larry, a roommate to Russell’s Anna and a verbal sparring partner for Driver’s Pale. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Brandon Uranowitz on Starring in Burn This, Broadway’s Steamiest Show," 24 May 2019

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First Known Use of buzz


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for buzz


Middle English bussen, of imitative origin

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English Language Learners Definition of buzz

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of buzz (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


\ ˈbəz How to pronounce buzz (audio) \
buzzed; buzzing

Kids Definition of buzz

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make a low humming sound like that of bees
2 : to be filled with a low hum or murmur The room buzzed with excitement.
3 : to fly an airplane low over



Kids Definition of buzz (Entry 2 of 2)

: a low humming sound

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