\ 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 Across Washington, phones would buzz with alerts anytime the president used his most potent political weapon to attack Democrats and keep Republicans in line. Jonathan Lemire, ajc, "After Trump, Biden aims to reshape the presidency itself," 16 Jan. 2021 The bugs buzz around for a few weeks, and then lay their eggs in the ground before dying off. Aj Willingham, CNN, "2020 was the year of scary bugs, and 2021 will be even worse," 30 Dec. 2020 But the ballooning valuations are driven even more, experts say, by surging demand from investors for stocks that show growth and have buzz. Eliot Brown, WSJ, "Sizzling Tech IPO Market Leaves Investors Befuddled," 13 Dec. 2020 The rotors of the quadcopter begin to buzz menacingly as the drone gently lifts off. Elliott Ackerman, Wired, "A Navy SEAL, a Quadcopter, and a Quest to Save Lives in Combat," 30 Oct. 2020 Bees do not usually buzz around wooden hives 4,000 feet above sea level, but keepers have placed about 700 bee colonies at that height on the side of a mountain in Shennongjia National Nature Reserve in China’s Hubei Province. Josh Fischman, Scientific American, "Beehives on a Cliff Wall Are Protected from Predators and Pesticides," 23 Oct. 2020 Viewers joked about the fly that just wouldn't buzz off. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "A fly landed on Mike Pence's head during the debate and rested there for nearly two minutes," 8 Oct. 2020 Chinese jets also regularly buzz Taiwan -- including during Azar's visit, when several planes crossed the de facto maritime border that separates the island from mainland China. James Griffiths, CNN, "Taiwan appears determined to create an anti-Beijing alliance as Chinese state media warns of potential sanctions against US," 9 Sep. 2020 TikTok can’t be ignored, but both of these two already had buzz. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Burning Questions: 24kGoldn and Iann Dior's 'Mood' Climbs to No. 6 on the Hot 100," 15 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The lamb, named Double Diamond, had generated buzz before the Scottish National Texel sale in Lanark started, according to a news release from the Texel Sheep Society. Lauren Johnson, CNN, "The world's most expensive sheep has just been purchased for $490,000," 29 Aug. 2020 The columns generated a palpable buzz on campus and also their share of hate. Star Tribune, "In 2021, Minnesotans shouldn't need another tragic image to commit to change," 26 Dec. 2020 Universal is building its Jurassic World VelociCoaster at Islands of Adventure that is set to open in the summer and has generated a buzz on social media as people followed the construction. Gabrielle Russon,, "How and when will Orlando, the theme park capital of the world, recover from 2020? | Part 1 of Special Series," 14 Dec. 2020 His final film has already generated awards-season buzz and earned him a posthumous Gotham Independent Film Awards nomination. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, "Chadwick Boseman, hero for the ages, is getting a posthumous MTV award," 4 Dec. 2020 His final film has already generated awards-season buzz and earned him a posthumous Gotham Independent Film Awards nomination. Nardine Saad,, "Chadwick Boseman, hero for the ages, is getting a posthumous MTV award," 4 Dec. 2020 Democratic socialists have generated buzz over their chances to snag at least six of them. Ronn Blitzer, Fox News, "Democratic socialists salivate over current, future New York state gains," 2 Dec. 2020 Cummins’s novel, about an undocumented Mexican woman who flees to the United States to escape a drug cartel, generated early buzz and was an Oprah’s Book Club pick. Angela Haupt, Washington Post, "The most 2020 books of 2020," 19 Nov. 2020 Rainwater, 57, Westfield, arguably has generated more buzz down the stretch by taking the opposite approach of Myers. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "Governor Eric Holcomb wins reelection in Indiana, AP says," 3 Nov. 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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21 Jan 2021

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“Buzz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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