buzz·​er | \ ˈbə-zər How to pronounce buzzer (audio) \

Definition of buzzer

1 : one that buzzes specifically : an electric signaling device that makes a buzzing sound
2 : the sound of a buzzer

Examples of buzzer in a Sentence

Their team was ahead by two points when the buzzer signaled the end of the game.
Recent Examples on the Web Terry Rozier converted two free throws to tie the score and then drained a shot from the corner at the buzzer for the win. Larry Starks, USA TODAY, "NBA to know today: Clippers finally see Paul George's star power and it's a critical time for Lakers," 26 Feb. 2021 Maryland needed about one quarter to start pulling away as Reese hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 16-9 lead after the first quarter. Phillip B. Wilson,, "No. 8 Maryland routs Purdue for seventh straight win in women’s basketball as Angel Reese leads way," 25 Feb. 2021 In that game, Obaseki drove the length of the court and hit an off-balance jumper at the buzzer as John Paul II won 74-72. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Top-ranked John Paul II has faced a lot of hurdles, but remains favorite to win another TAPPS state title," 25 Feb. 2021 Suns star Devin Booker missed an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer with replays showing Gordon Hayward made contact with Booker's arm. David Brandt, Star Tribune, "Malik Monk scores 29 points, Hornets cool off Suns 124-121," 24 Feb. 2021 Ivy buried a 3 from the left wing at the buzzer to tie the game at 41-41 and send it into an improbable overtime. Ben Thomas |, al, "Noah Warren’s buzzer beater lifts Auburn past No. 2 Fairhope 54-52 in 2OT classic," 24 Feb. 2021 The 6-2 senior hit the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer as Beech Grove knocked off Western 42-40. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Vote for Indiana high school boys basketball top performers for the week (Feb. 15-20)," 23 Feb. 2021 The UConn men were neither blown out nor beaten at the buzzer. Dom Amore,, "Dom Amore: UConn men are making progress but they’re not quite Villanova yet," 21 Feb. 2021 Locke drained another 3 at the buzzer to give his team a decisive 37-23 halftime lead. Edgar Thompson,, "UF holds off Georgia for Gators’ first win since January," 20 Feb. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'buzzer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of buzzer

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about buzzer

Statistics for buzzer

Last Updated

1 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Buzzer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for buzzer



English Language Learners Definition of buzzer

: an electric device that makes a loud sound


buzz·​er | \ ˈbə-zər How to pronounce buzzer (audio) \

Kids Definition of buzzer

: an electric signaling device that makes a buzzing sound

More from Merriam-Webster on buzzer

Nglish: Translation of buzzer for Spanish Speakers

Comments on buzzer

What made you want to look up buzzer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!