\ˈbəz \
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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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 room buzzes with laughter and chit-chat in both English and French. Madeline Mitchell,, "Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was turned into an opera and it's making its American debut in Cincinnati," 13 July 2018 My phone buzzed just before 6:30 p.m. to meet the evening’s host, Priyanka Chopra, at the Wall Street heliport. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Vogue Host the Most Lavish Summer Dinner Party Ever," 13 July 2018 Then Lexie’s phone buzzed with a text message from her aunt. David Haugh,, "Operating on Danny Farquhar's brain didn't change what was in White Sox pitcher's heart," 12 July 2018 Peralta buzzed through the first three innings with ease, allowing just a walk to Bryan Holaday. Matthew Defranks,, "Marlins beat Brewers in 12 innings in front of record-low crowd," 12 July 2018 Thai social media buzzed with joy, expressing gratitude to those who supported the mission. George Styllis,, "From mission impossible to mission accomplished: Thailand rejoices as last boys rescued from cave," 11 July 2018 Others buzz through the locked doors to see their husbands. Blake Farmer, Washington Post, "Support Circle: Family Caregivers Share Stories And Tips To Ease Alzheimer’s Toll," 11 July 2018 Chiefs fans were buzzing when Hali went so far as to compare Mahomes to legendary Packers quarterback Brett Favre. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Patrick Mahomes draws comparison, but how did Brett Favre do in first year as starter?," 9 July 2018 Helicopters buzzed overhead and a large fleet of ambulances idled nearby. Will Bunch,, "The world shows its love to kids in a Thai cave. We need that same love for kids at the border | Will Bunch," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

So while autonomous drones dropping a few pounds of snacks or medical supplies are generating plenty of buzz, two Bulgarian brothers see an opening in the long-haul business. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Bulgaria's First New Plane in Decades Is a Freakishly Strong Drone," 10 July 2018 Undefeated as a pro, Paulo Costa has generated a lot of buzz because of his explosive knockout power. Todd Martin,, "Paulo Costa vs. Uriah Hall live round-by-round coverage," 8 July 2018 Some of the buzz around prefab architecture continues, says Tanney, enticing architects to create renderings for prefab houses and occasionally build one. Michele Lerner, sacbee, "Prefabs’ appeal is going up quickly," 29 June 2018 More than likely it’s individuals aiming to profit off of the media buzz. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "While Bids for Melania’s Zara Jacket Near $1,000 on eBay, Protesters March on the Justice Department," 28 June 2018 Turns out there’s plenty of buzz about bugs, such as ways to manage pests and the interactions among, say, ants and plants and ticks and humans. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "This website is crawling with bug news," 17 June 2018 In doing so, the industry is banking on a trend that has seen a lot of buzz, but so far little result. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Bitcoin Pushes Ancient Gold Market to Try Digital," 15 June 2018 The majority of buzz couldn't help but resist the inherent practicality though. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Nike Is Reportedly Making Fanny Pack Slides," 31 May 2018 Man, that Texas Rangers victory over the New York Yankees sure created a lot of buzz, didn't it? Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Could Bibens-Dirkx unseat Moore in starting rotation? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 May 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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Phrases Related to buzz

buzz off

give someone a buzz

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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 \
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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