\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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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 kitchen buzzes with women of all ages; women who have lived and seen life laughing, chatting, sharing a cup of tea and a story, while children play on the floor or are rocked to sleep in their strollers. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Read Meghan Markle's Emotional Foreword to 'Together: Our Community Cookbook'," 19 Sep. 2018 Both of them buzzed with a tangible excitement, glitter twinkling on their cheekbones and eyelids. Ludmila Leiva, Allure, "Meet Fluide, the Makeup Brand That Believes in the Power of Inclusion — Not Tokenism," 10 Sep. 2018 One day last January, my classroom buzzed with nervous energy as 15 teenagers prepared to lock their smartphones in a cabinet and swear off all Internet use for the next two weeks. Alice Lurain, Woman's Day, "This Teacher Convinced Her Students to Give Up Technology for Two Weeks," 22 Aug. 2018 The crowd was left buzzing from the beginning, as forward Harry Giles, making his NBA debut after sitting out all of last season, blocked a shot a little over three minutes into the contest and ran downcourt for a successful transition layup. Angel Guerrero, sacbee, "'He’s going to be a problem': De'Aaron Fox shows energy in California Classic victory," 2 July 2018 Since the company's launch in 2014, Glossier has been formulating new skin-care and makeup launches left and right — one of the most buzzed about being its first acne product, Solution, which dropped earlier this year. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Exclusive: Glossier Is Launching Zit Stick, an On-the-Go Spot Treatment for Acne," 5 Sep. 2018 And yet, Nakano’s omakase is probably what will get people buzzing. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "No-frills Sushi Nakano one of the best casual sushi restaurants in Phoenix," 10 July 2018 England’s unlikely run to this World Cup semifinal, after decades of gaffes, disappointment and misery, has the country buzzing about the possibility that this team could win its first World Cup in more than 50 years. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "England’s Hottest Fashion Item: Gareth Southgate’s Waistcoat," 9 July 2018 Crowley had been considered a candidate to become House speaker if Democrats win the majority in November. (June 27) AP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's defeat of incumbent New York Rep. Joe Crowley has the political world buzzing. Jessica Estepa, USA TODAY, "Before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, here are 5 of the biggest U.S. political upsets," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But early buzz led Snap to wildly overestimate demand, leading to a charge of roughly $40 million in unsold inventory after the company ordered about 800,000 units from its Chinese supplier. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Black Friday is the busiest time of year for professional line sitters," 21 Nov. 2018 Every winter is big business for the swanky ski town, and this year, a slew of high-profile openings and updates are garnering buzz. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "The Millionaires Living in the Mining Cabins," 1 Nov. 2018 The triplets' reunion story has been told countless times, but Wardle gives it the crackle and buzz of a good thriller. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Triplets ripped from family in a Nazi-like experiment, probed in Three Identical Strangers," 5 July 2018 Designers Lauren Rodriguez and Michael Freels have decided not to show on the traditional New York Fashion Week calendar, but their upstart label Lorod has still managed to create exactly the kind of buzz most 25-year-old creatives dream of. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Talking About Taste With Two of Downtown’s Coolest New Designers," 26 June 2018 At the time, the movie hit a perfect storm of difficult buzz. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The life, death, and rebirth of Jennifer’s Body, according to screenwriter Diablo Cody," 10 Nov. 2018 The film’s fourth iteration is fast becoming a cultural phenomenon, earning Oscar buzz and praise from stars like Sean Penn, Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, and Cher. Nick Williams, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Star Is Born," 30 Oct. 2018 While much of the buzz today seems to always be surrounding Sterling K. Brown's award-winning performance as Randall on This Is Us, Ryan has also built a rep of her own in the acting world. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Star Sterling K. Brown and His Wife Once Broke Up for the "Craziest" Reason," 17 Sep. 2018 Its arrival to Brush Park in mid-May was greeted with media buzz, but Empire's vanilla vision offers a dreary look into Detroit's potential culinary soul. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Restaurant Review: Detroit's Empire Kitchen & Cocktails has no clothes," 12 July 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 \
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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