\ 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



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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rendon told him to buzz off, refusing to recognize the pledges. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2022 Unlike in the early days, Russian aircraft—other than the Orlan reconnaissance drones that frequently buzz over the village—rarely fly above Ukrainian positions because several had been shot down in the area, the soldiers said. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 24 May 2022 His AppleWatch is set to buzz every 20 minutes to remind him to drink. Amby Burfoot, Outside Online, 23 June 2021 Club include London’s storied members-only clubs, which buzz with activity from breakfast through late-night festivities. Andy Wang, Robb Report, 12 May 2022 The Best Ideas for Kids Save money on craft supplies and use toilet paper rolls to make googly-eyed bees your kids will buzz around the house with. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 19 Apr. 2022 With the fat tires and assist, a ranger can buzz up to an injured rider or trail mishap at speed. Ty Brookhart, Outside Online, 20 Mar. 2017 In other election seasons, the restaurant would buzz for months with arguments over candidates and issues. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2022 In other election seasons, the restaurant would buzz for months with arguments over candidates and issues. Roger Cohen,, 9 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a couple of weeks many of the world’s best will converge on Connecticut to play in the Travelers Championship and the buzz has always been about who is coming. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 11 June 2022 In the first week of April this year, the buzz around Swvl was about its entry into Africa’s group of billion-dollar companies. Alexander Onukwue, Quartz, 31 May 2022 The US Open is coming to Brookline next month, and the buzz in Boston is palpable. Globe Staff,, 20 May 2022 And, everyone also agrees, that the buzz at Pimlico Race Course would be a lot higher this week if that 80-1 horse were here. John Cherwaspecial Contributor, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 The buzz at the Royalton event is that Carey is coming back to Black. Danyel Smith, Rolling Stone, 1 May 2022 Congress came back to the Washington mother ship this week, and the buzz was that the Democrats will move heaven and earth to give the American public a reason to vote for them in November’s midterm elections. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2022 The buzz about the four-day workweek is everywhere, from LinkedIn posts and Twitter threads to possible federal legislation. Lindsay Tjepkema, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 What was the buzz on social media where people upset. Leila Atassi, cleveland, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for buzz


\ 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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