\ 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
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
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

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of buzz in a Sentence

Verb 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. Noun 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 And the opera world was buzzing about the new production of Verdi's Aida starring soprano Anna Netrebko to kick off the 2020–21 season when it was announced back in February. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Opera houses face two daunting uncertainties: Reopen dates and funding from wealthy donors," 19 May 2020 The city was buzzing, and so was the Bradley Center for the first time in years. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here are 7 Wisconsin sports stories that we want told from a documentary point of view," 14 May 2020 Although the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels are the most visible sign, other air force units, including B-1 bombers and Navy Super Hornets, are buzzing cities as a show of appreciation in the fight against COVID-19. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch All the Best Flyovers From Operation America Strong," 7 May 2020 Bowman's phone, meanwhile, is constantly buzzing with text messages containing names of others in need of groceries. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "'We're not the generation of tomorrow': Young black leaders rise to challenge of coronavirus," 4 May 2020 These questions are buzzing after recent news reports out of South Korea suggested that people who appear to have recovered from this infection are now once again testing positive for the virus. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "Is Coronavirus Reinfection Possible?," 30 Apr. 2020 In the eastern Coachella Valley — home to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival — daily life is still buzzing. Nicole Hayden, USA TODAY, "In CA: Politicians call for targeted testing of underserved, high-risk groups," 30 Apr. 2020 Swarms of bees, which have survived the winter, are buzzing the Portland area, following their queen to find a new spot to live as other bees stay in the hive with a new queen. oregonlive, "Bee invasion do’s and don’ts: Portland, don’t panic when a swarm arrives in your backyard," 12 Apr. 2020 Energy circles are often buzzing about the potential of hydrogen these days, in part because it can be used for so many different purposes and in hard-to-decarbonize sectors, from fueling trucks and ships to powering industrial facilities. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Trump turns to Putin to help avoid shale ‘wipeout’," 30 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There was more buzz on Capitol Hill about the technology than ever before. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Carbon capture affected by the coronavirus," 16 Apr. 2020 Yet the list of Oscar nominees unveiled on January 13 remained overwhelmingly white despite a relatively large field of non-white stars and directors receiving Oscar buzz from critics and fans. Chauncey Alcorn Cnn Business, CNN, "Hollywood is more diverse than ever. So why are the Oscars still so white?," 4 Feb. 2020 Sandler, whose performance is being hailed as one of his best in years, and even earning Oscars buzz, was only cast in April 2018. Anne Cohen,, "Julia Fox Is The Crown Jewel Of Uncut Gems," 29 Jan. 2020 Lorene Scafaria's Hustlers, a film centered on a group of New York strippers who team up to con male patrons in order to survive the Great Recession, features a leading performance by Lopez that generated Oscar buzz for the actress. Lexy Perez, Billboard, "Jennifer Lopez to Receive Spotlight Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala," 25 Nov. 2019 The next night, Rutz spoke with her husband about the buzz the giant cinnamon roll had created among her friends. Bethany Hines, CNN, "This mother auctions off homemade giant cinnamon rolls to feed frontline medical workers and help food banks," 3 May 2020 The buzz of the blade is gentle enough not to make the dog jump and jerk, but strong enough to clip the hair and not jam up every 10 seconds. David Colman, New York Times, "You Missed a Spot: How Not to Groom Your Dog During Lockdown," 25 Apr. 2020 The buzz around Earth Day was relatively quiet for the next two decades, but as its 20th anniversary approached, interest heated up. John Kennedy, Popular Science, "Looking back on 50 years of Earth Days," 22 Apr. 2020 The quiet might also help scientists study the natural buzzes of our planet, such as the rush of river waters, that fall into a similar frequency band as human activity, Labedz says. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 8 Apr. 2020

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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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“Buzz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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