\ 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 streets downtown and around the stadium, which were buzzing before the game and ready for a party until the wee hours if the Saints won, were eerily quiet in the hours. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Blown Call that Will Live On in New Orleans Infamy," 21 Jan. 2019 The first one to buzz in gets to answer the question. Fox News, "New evidence of political bias at Google; gender politics at play in Michigan Senate race," 21 Sep. 2018 Visitors have to press a button to buzz the office, where a receptionist will look through a video intercom before deciding whether to let them in. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "What Littleton Learned," 1 Aug. 2018 Over the course of his time in the spotlight, and with every album launch, Bieber has shown off a new look—transforming his fringe into a platinum shag before buzzing it all off. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Tracking Justin Bieber’s Hair Evolution, From Teen Pop Star to Married Man," 7 Feb. 2019 The lights are on, our favorite hotels are open (with extensive remodels that have left many even better than before), and the island is buzzing at a slightly higher frequency, eager to welcome travelers back. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "You Can Still Get Tickets to Hamilton in Puerto Rico," 12 Dec. 2018 She's rocked a mullet (and pulled it off), pioneered rose quartz hair, and buzzed her strands into an undercut. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "15 Celebrities Who Prove a Dye Job Makes a Huge Difference," 18 Oct. 2018 An assistant to Wiseman later pulled out a training table in a hallway of the cramped community recreation center, which buzzed as the biggest recruiting showcase of the summer began in earnest. Roman Stubbs,, "At Nike Peach Jam, high school stars ready to see end of NBA's one-and-done era," 13 July 2018 Pilot Wayne Davis assists the team by buzzing back and forth along the Cape in a single-engine plane in search of the apex predators. Steve Annear,, "First great white of the season tagged by experts off Cape Cod," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Understandably, the festival doesn’t yet have the buzz of Salone or London Design Week. Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "Designart Tokyo, in second-annual event, shows promise," 27 Nov. 2018 The hotel is popular with couples, especially those who like an intimate and serene environment, whilst being only a short distance from the buzz of the famous Mykonos nightlife. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Grace Mykonos," 20 Sep. 2018 Play dress-up and slip into a bygone era when the kind of touch that mattered was a perfect fur collar or soft satin—not the buzz of your phone against your hip or the ticks of typing on an iPhone. Hannah Miller, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Break Up With Your Phone," 4 Sep. 2018 Others hike through sugar cane fields or thorny brush alive with the buzz of cicadas. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, "‘If we’re all together, I can handle it’," 9 July 2018 Cheers and the buzz of the baseball petered out after 391 feet. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' 12-game win streak snapped by Rays," 19 June 2018 The women's prison is a large, sprawling series of compounds, littered with laundry, and -- oddly -- the constant buzz of light aircraft that appeared to swoop from the sky throughout our visit. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Gangs in El Salvador are using women's bodies for 'revenge and control'," 14 June 2018 The buzz of a police helicopter can be heard overhead. Ryan Lillis, sacbee, "You helped us watch the new Stephon Clark videos. Here are your questions and comments | The Sacramento Bee," 18 Apr. 2018 The Ravens last hosted their preseason finale in 2008, and their second meeting with their neighboring foe in as many preseasons could have the buzz of a regular-season game. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens announce five-game preseason schedule," 11 Apr. 2018

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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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