buzz·​er | \ ˈbə-zər \

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.

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Fresh off a buzzer-beating win at Boston, the Lakers shot nearly 60 percent and scored 40 points in the first quarter. Dave Zeitlin, The Seattle Times, "Embiid leads Sixers past Lebron-led Lakers, 143-120," 11 Feb. 2019 The Bulls’ Zach LaVine missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer. John Jackson, The Seattle Times, "Cavs rally past Bulls 104-101, snap 6-game skid," 27 Jan. 2019 The Bearcats got ahead by double digits in regulation and went more than 7 minutes without a field goal as the Huskies sent it to overtime on Alterique Gilbert’s floater in the lane just before the buzzer. Joe Kay, The Seattle Times, "Cincinnati rallies to beat UConn 74-72 in OT," 12 Jan. 2019 Swift’s just one person in a long line of white women who’ve historically shown up right before the buzzer. Lily Herman, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift's Political Instagram Post Is a Sign of the Post–Brett Kavanaugh Times," 8 Oct. 2018 Round after round, Shin Lim was constantly showered with praise from all the judges, despite not earning a golden buzzer. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Shin Lim Is Who Won 'America's Got Talent' 2018 and People Have A Lot of Opinions," 20 Sep. 2018 Less than three months ago, coach Vic Schaefer and the women’s basketball team lost on a buzzer beater in the national championship game—a second consecutive national runner-up finish. Ross Dellenger,, "How Mississippi State Baseball Turned a Season That Began in Humiliation Into a Trip to Omaha," 15 June 2018 In the Twitter world, armchair coaches were wondering why Steve Kerr didn’t do a mercy benching, allowing Curry to slip out the arena’s back door under disguise before the final buzzer. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "In the end, Warriors’ Stephen Curry was a difference-maker," 6 June 2018 At 50 minutes a warning buzzer rang, and 10 minutes later the session was over. Tara Bahrampour,, "I went to get hugged by a professional cuddler. Here's how it felt.," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of buzzer

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of buzzer

: an electric device that makes a loud sound


buzz·​er | \ ˈbə-zər \

Kids Definition of buzzer

: an electric signaling device that makes a buzzing sound

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