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

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 Across Washington, phones would buzz with alerts anytime the president used his most potent political weapon to attack Democrats and keep Republicans in line. Jonathan Lemire, Anchorage Daily News, "After Trump, Biden aims to reshape the presidency itself," 17 Jan. 2021 Across Washington, phones would buzz with alerts anytime the president used his most potent political weapon to attack Democrats and keep Republicans in line. Jonathan Lemire, Anchorage Daily News, "After Trump, Biden aims to reshape the presidency itself," 17 Jan. 2021 This shot size is big enough for mallards and yields a high enough pellet count for any greenwings that buzz the decoys, too. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "The Best Shotgun Loads for 5 Late-Season Birds," 20 Jan. 2021 Across Washington, phones would buzz with alerts anytime the president used his most potent political weapon to attack Democrats and keep Republicans in line. Jonathan Lemire, Anchorage Daily News, "After Trump, Biden aims to reshape the presidency itself," 17 Jan. 2021 Across Washington, phones would buzz with alerts anytime the president used his most potent political weapon to attack Democrats and keep Republicans in line. Jonathan Lemire, ajc, "After Trump, Biden aims to reshape the presidency itself," 16 Jan. 2021 The bugs buzz around for a few weeks, and then lay their eggs in the ground before dying off. Aj Willingham, CNN, "2020 was the year of scary bugs, and 2021 will be even worse," 30 Dec. 2020 But the ballooning valuations are driven even more, experts say, by surging demand from investors for stocks that show growth and have buzz. Eliot Brown, WSJ, "Sizzling Tech IPO Market Leaves Investors Befuddled," 13 Dec. 2020 The rotors of the quadcopter begin to buzz menacingly as the drone gently lifts off. Elliott Ackerman, Wired, "A Navy SEAL, a Quadcopter, and a Quest to Save Lives in Combat," 30 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Walters said DeSantis is seeing that kind of buzz already in conservative circles. Steven Walker, orlandosentinel.com, "CPAC, America’s biggest conservative event, is coming to Orlando. Organizers say it will be safe.," 20 Feb. 2021 Part of the buzz involved Curry’s sheer mastery in the game, and part was created by the emphatic and almost crazed description of the final shot from Bob Fitzgerald, the Warriors’ TV play-by-play announcer. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors' TV, radio crews alone at the mic in empty arenas and studios," 18 Feb. 2021 Since coming into her own, Leon has attracted a lot of buzz for her edgy style, which Jacobs is making use of in this campaign. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lola Leon Stars in the Marc Jacobs Spring 2021 Campaign," 16 Feb. 2021 And with the lack of fans, players were faced with an all-too-familiar feeling: a distinct lack of buzz. Justin Bergman, Star Tribune, "Australian Open goes quiet as lockdown keeps crowds away," 13 Feb. 2021 And with the lack of fans, players were faced with an all-too-familiar feeling: a distinct lack of buzz. Justin Bergman, ajc, "Australian Open goes quiet as lockdown keeps crowds away," 13 Feb. 2021 The Morning Show divided critics early on but seemed to build momentum as its first season unspooled and got a ton of buzz by the time of its finale. Josef Adalian, Vulture, "Apple TV+ Is Doing Better Than You Think," 5 Feb. 2021 Tiger nuts are super high in resistant starch fiber, which has been getting a lot of buzz for its weight loss benefits, says Gina Consalvo, RD. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "9 Ways to Eat Tiger Nuts, the Fiber-Filled Superfood That Belongs in Your Pantry," 21 Jan. 2021 This bullet has generated its share of buzz, and for good reason. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "The 6.5 Creedmoor Lover’s (and Hater’s) Gift Guide," 21 Dec. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buzz. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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