\ 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 Williams’ older brother, Jeremiah, was coaching basketball; Constance and Karynton kept his phone buzzing with updates. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "5 years of waiting, Colts RB Jonathan Williams gets chance to show what he can do," 29 Nov. 2019 And on a Friday night, it’s packed with cars, buzzing with families drawn by solid Italian cooking at reasonable prices. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Gennaro’s Trattoria gives Canyon Lake a solid Italian restaurant option north of San Antonio," 14 Nov. 2019 Ever since, Kale’s phone has not stopped ringing or buzzing with WhatsApp messages. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "You’ve probably seen Geeta Kale’s visiting card. Now, here’s the domestic help’s real story," 10 Nov. 2019 The department store is an international tourist destination that also buzzes with local Hasidic and Russian women in a bizarre old-world meeting of the shoppers. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "How Clinique Happy Engineered My Happiness," 31 Oct. 2019 Before this year’s race, the sleepy docks that once served as the main port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire buzzed with life. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "No Wind. No Problem. The Sailing Race Must Go On.," 24 Oct. 2019 With an opening weekend box office projection of between $82 million and $90 million and awards buzz for Phoenix, debate around the movie is certain to continue in the months to come. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "What to Know About the Controversy Surrounding the Movie Joker," 24 Sep. 2019 The day after 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee was fatally shot execution-style near Dawes Park, the nearby Ralph Ellison High School was buzzing with the news. Megan Crepeau,, "Prosecutors attempt to weave mosaic with testimony by witnesses to Tyshawn Lee’s killing," 21 Sep. 2019 And all over college football, brain cells buzzing, because once again the results appeared to have been derived by a curious amalgam of methods. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Clemson getting left out of first College Football Playoff top 4 'doesn't matter'," 6 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Zellweger is earning Oscar buzz for her portrayal of legendary entertainer Judy Garland in Judy, but what do Garland’s actual co-stars think of her portrayal? Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Judy Garland onscreen sister Margaret O'Brien praises Renée Zellweger's take on the legend," 29 Nov. 2019 And, indeed, the Oscar buzz for the movie, Gerwig's direction, and the actors' performances is strong. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Critics Are Already Calling Greta Gerwig’s Little Women Adaptation ‘Brilliant’," 26 Nov. 2019 Special teams coach Joe Judge is putting on a clinic this year, and may start getting buzz for offensive coordinator or even head coaching jobs., "FOXBOROUGH — Ben Volin’s thoughts immediately after the Patriots’ 13-9 victory over the Cowboys Sunday.," 25 Nov. 2019 Throughout her career, Aniston has earned Oscar buzz for roles that took similar detours from her most iconic character. Washington Post, "‘The Morning Show’ is getting mixed reviews, but one thing is clear: Jennifer Aniston is fantastic," 22 Nov. 2019 Phillips is also eager to make sure that any follow-up meets the artistic level of the original, which garnered strong reviews and Oscar buzz for star Joaquin Phoenix. Brent Lang,, "‘Joker’ sequel being explored by Todd Phillips, Warner Bros.," 20 Nov. 2019 James Mangold’s racing drama rode into the weekend with strong reviews and Oscar buzz for its leads, Christian Bale and Matt Damon. Jake Coyle, USA TODAY, "Matt Damon, Christian Bale's ‘Ford v Ferrari’ zooms to No. 1; ‘Charlie’s Angels' crumbles," 17 Nov. 2019 The movie, which premiers in theaters on Thanksgiving eve, has already garnered Oscar buzz. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Celebrities Are Moved By A Beautiful Still From A Hair Scene In 'Queen & Slim'," 8 Nov. 2019 Attendance and buzz for the Brickyard has been an ongoing issue for more than a decade. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "IMS, IndyCar have been sold to Penske. But what does it mean?," 4 Nov. 2019

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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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5 Dec 2019

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“Buzz.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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