\ 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

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 Some complained their feet hurt while others held a steady smile as their eardrums continued to buzz from the aftermath of live music. Caroline Silva, ajc, 19 Sep. 2021 Highway on-ramps, industrial sites and the commercial corridor along North Temple might buzz close by, but this west-side stretch of Euclid Avenue has kept a semi-secluded and friendly residential feel, Cairo and his neighbors say — until now. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 When kids go to sleep, the elves buzz back to the North Pole and report on who has been naughty or nice and then return, by morning, to a new spot in the home. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 9 Nov. 2021 And then only a couple hours’ drive along crowded, dusty, potholed roads to rural villages where swarms of industrious kids buzz around outdoor marketplaces helping do business during what are supposed to be school hours. Ben Goertzel, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 For Oklahoma, which just missed the Playoff last season but had buzz as the team nobody wanted to play by the end, the start of 2021 has been an undeniable disappointment despite being 3-0. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 19 Sep. 2021 As people buzz around them, adjusting mics and makeup, Maluma suddenly looks at Madonna from across the table. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 12 Oct. 2021 Some viewers have worried that contestants might be thrown off by the number of guest hosts who all have different rhythms; Jennings used to prepare by studying Trebek’s vocal patterns, because contestants can buzz the second the clue is read. Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2021 This year's hurricane season continues to buzz with activity as Tropical Storms Peter and Rose are active in the Atlantic. Editors, USA TODAY, 21 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All the buzz is over Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne and Batman, and rightfully so. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 2 Jan. 2022 Teddy is chill, but the media buzz around Lower’s pet project has been hot. Michelle Hofmann, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 Shortages and supply-chain issues have become more of a rule than an exception of late, and most recently, at least in the food world, the buzz has been about cream cheese. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 The buzz is that Mel Tucker is about to get a similar deal to remain at Michigan State for a very long time. Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2021 The buzz was steady coming out of Alabama’s modified 2020 preseason camp. Michael Casagrande |, al, 18 Nov. 2021 The buzz around this game is palpable, as the Tigers are perennial contenders and have won 10 straight in the head-to-head series., 30 Sep. 2021 That buzz of being around an excited group of complete strangers is what makes theater so fun to attend. Jerald Pierce,, 21 Sep. 2021 The buzz of Gotham Hall was noticeably quieter than in years past, with most – but not all – attendees wearing masks inside the show after displaying their vaccine QR codes at the entrance checkpoint. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2021

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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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