\ 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 However referee Michael Oliver's watch failed to buzz and signify that the entire ball had crossed the line -- which subsequent TV replays seemed to indicate had clearly happened. Glen Levy, CNN, "Premier League players take a knee -- and make a stand," 17 June 2020 Each episode features one-off characters, affected by a murder, around whom buzz the core characters, who solve the murder. Sarah Manguso, The New York Review of Books, "My Quarantine: Cozy Mysteries," 31 May 2020 Harvey’s phone kept buzzing on the table: texts of support. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "White Noise," 1 June 2020 Vehicle traffic buzzed downstream, and an occasional car horn blared. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "A Puerto Rican Fishing Road Trip for Silver Kings, Bigmouths, Mullet, and More," 27 May 2020 Air taxis would buzz overhead ferrying mountaineers and flightseers into the mountains for a closer look at Denali, North America’s tallest peak. Author: Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "An eerily quiet Talkeetna heads into a summer without cruise ships or climbers," 23 May 2020 Canadian company aims to have its drones plant 1 billion trees by 2028 Drones may soon be buzzing in a forest near you, dropping seeds and helping restore the landscape. Catherine Garcia, TheWeek, "The week's good news: May 21, 2020," 21 May 2020 Plus, there’s the enduring Skinny Girl contingent and buzzed out RumChata FrappaChata fans. Amanda Schuster,, "Ready-to-Drink Booze Is Winning the Stay-at-Home Drinking Game," 15 May 2020 On April 28, two teams of high-performance jets buzzed over big American cities, including New York and Philadelphia. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "Everything to know about the fighter jets in the ‘America Strong’ flyovers," 1 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun However, based on the buzz around Eau de Space, Richardson told the network that Eau de Moon may be on its way. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Eau de Space — Which Smells Like Actual Outer Space — Could Be Your New Signature Scent," 2 July 2020 In recent weeks, Parler has gained a huge amount of buzz with devotees of Make America Great Again. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Parler is the new Twitter for conservatives. Here’s what you need to know," 29 June 2020 In the factory, the lights flicker as devices buzz and spark lighting bolts. Ashley Chervinski,, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Dark Final Season Recap," 28 June 2020 How is the ongoing pandemic affecting indie films and documentaries, as far as getting them out there, distribution, building buzz, etc.? Matt Wake |, al, "Alabama shopping mall subject of new documentary film," 28 June 2020 In Lynn’s example, some wonder whether the star prospects that appear to benefit most from showcases and social media buzz would’ve seen their recruitments flourish already based on their natural size, skill and game film. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "What’s the value of recruiting showcases? Coronavirus cancellations could settle the third-party debate," 17 June 2020 Early buzz is already comparing A Burning to the work of modern literary stars like Tommy Orange, but the voice — or voices — here are entirely her own., "Megha Majumdar offers an unmissable portrait of modern India in kaleidoscopic debut A Burning: Review," 2 June 2020 While summer dust plumes are a common occurrence, the one sailing through the Caribbean right now is generating quite the buzz. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Massive Sahara desert dust plume drifting toward the United States," 23 June 2020 The Witcher season one debuted last November and generated considerable buzz for the streamer. James Hibberd,, "The Witcher sets date to resume filming season 2," 22 June 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 10 Jul. 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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