buzz

verb
\ 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
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

buzz

noun

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

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

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first child is reportedly due at the end of this month, so naturally people are buzzing for details. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "There’s a New Doc About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby, and It Spilled So Much Tea," 10 Apr. 2019 Boyd met Quant casually through her flatmate Mary, a model who was working at the designer’s buzzing Bazaar boutique on King’s Road in Chelsea. Vogue, "1960s It Girl Pattie Boyd Talks Mary Quant," 5 Apr. 2019 Trying to change how stories are told in Hollywood keeps Oliver’s head buzzing. Jazmine Hughes, Marie Claire, "With Her First Wives Club Reboot, Tracy Oliver Is Running the Show," 26 Mar. 2019 After Wednesday night's episode of The Masked Singer, there seems to be one huge question buzzing around in everyone's head: Who is the Bee? Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "This Fan Theory of Who Is the Bee on 'The Masked Singer' Is Definitely Right," 10 Jan. 2019 The sky goes completely dark; birds stop singing; bees stop buzzing; some spiders even dismantle their webs. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "It's Not Too Early to Start Thinking About the July 2019 Solar Eclipse," 7 Jan. 2019 Kids were screaming and crying, alarms were going off, phones were buzzing and ringing. As Told To Beth Dreher And Elissa Sanci, Woman's Day, "How to Keep Our Kids Safe in School as the Gun Debate Rages On," 25 Sep. 2018 The drones buzz around me but don’t seem all that concerned. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "No Man’s Sky travel diary: the final entry," 29 Aug. 2018 Last month, Amal was seen in New York City for Meghan's much buzzed-about baby shower with close friends. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Looks Like Actual Royalty for Dinner with Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace," 12 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Apparently, that one post, for which she was reportedly paid $250,000, was enough to elevate the buzz about the event. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Responds to Her Fyre Festival Involvement for the First Time," 3 Apr. 2019 The casual look garnered plenty of buzz on Twitter, namely for the bright bottoms reminiscent of something the Orange Is The New Black characters might wear. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coach Adam Levine Divided Fans With His Bold Battle Rounds Outfit," 31 Mar. 2019 But for those who want to stay by the mountain in Teton Village—already anchored by the Four Seasons Jackson Hole and Hotel Terra—the buzz this season is about Caldera House. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "If You're Skiing the Rockies This Winter, Read This First," 4 Dec. 2018 Sethi’s book, which came out in July and is generating some year-end buzz, is a collection of testimonials from people who have been targeted for their race, their religion, or other aspects of their identity. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Arjun Singh Sethi's American Hate Gave Hate Crime Survivors Like Taylor Dumpson the Chance to Tell Their Own Stories," 11 Dec. 2018 But underneath the thrilling music, the glossy stars, and the deafening Oscar buzz, the movie discretely turns the idea of what an onscreen manly-man should look like. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "A Star Is Born," 5 Oct. 2018 There’s still a buzz from Tiger Woods’s performance at the British Open. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Football’s Ready to Roll. Is America?," 26 July 2018 The buzz: Mexico finished the first round with its worst game of the tournament, frustrated by a defensive Swedish team in a 3-0 loss, while Brazil’s last game was its best of the World Cup, cruising past Serbia to win the group. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "A look at Monday's World Cup schedule," 1 July 2018 There’s significant buzz around the league that the Hawks have interest in Trae Young. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Needs for All 30 Teams," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of buzz

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for buzz

Verb

Middle English bussen, of imitative origin

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buzz

verb

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

buzz

noun

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

buzz

verb
\ 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

buzz

noun

Kids Definition of buzz (Entry 2 of 2)

: a low humming sound

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