\ 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

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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


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.


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

There were so many questions, and yet, when the episode finally aired, Twitter started buzzing about something entirely different. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Bachelor Fans are Going Wild Over This Detail in Cassie's Hotel Room," 12 Mar. 2019 Here are some of the highlights that have everyone buzzing. Fox News, "Kavanaugh accused: Where does the burden of proof lie?," 19 Sep. 2018 Millie Bobby Brown and Natalie Portman Twitter started buzzing about the possibility that Millie Bobby Brown is a doppelgänger for a young Natalie Portman a while ago, and Satural Night Live even gave some credence to that observation. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "16 Pairs of Celebrities Who Look Like Identical Twins," 3 Aug. 2018 Byford was there with Sarah Meyer, at six-thirty on a Friday evening, when their phones started buzzing. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 The internet started buzzing after the music video's release that the man playing guitar at the beginning was Tracy Martin, father of the teen slain by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, in 2012. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "That's not Trayvon Martin's dad in 'This Is America'," 8 May 2018 Embiid buried one that had the crowd buzzing until Rozier came right back and hit his own to cut the 76ers' lead to two. Dan Gelston,, "76ers Hold Off Elimination With 103-92 Win Over Celtics," 7 May 2018 The little girl sat still waiting for the clippers to eventually start buzzing as hair stylists braided her long, brown hair into sections. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "Off with their hair! Dozens get locks shorn at St. Baldrick's event," 12 Mar. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One to watch on the step and repeat is Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio, who has been generating serious buzz for her turn in Roma. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Yalitza Aparicio of Roma Proves She’s a Fashion Star to Watch," 5 Jan. 2019 Thomas' latest media tour is generating just as much buzz as his royal wedding quotes. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Didn't Listen to the Queen About the Drama With Her Dad," 20 Dec. 2018 On one hand, Spectacles are not a significant part of Snap’s business and have generated little buzz since the initial launch in late 2016. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Snap has a new Spectacles boss, its third in the past six months," 18 Dec. 2018 Observers of the hearing wondered if Kavanaugh’s bumbling response was simply a ploy to avoid offering a damning response, while others suggested that the gambit was an effective way for Harris to generate buzz ahead of 2020. Li Zhou, Vox, "Kamala Harris’s mysterious Kasowitz question during the Kavanaugh hearings, explained," 6 Sep. 2018 The latest buzz in the caffeine universe is really, really cold beans. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Freezing Your Coffee Beans? The Experts Say You’re Doing It All Wrong," 12 Feb. 2019 The recent buzz around lectin-free diets is the perfect example of how science (and science-y sounding things) can be used to sell a diet. Abby Langer, SELF, "Most Diets Don't Work, But If a Diet Promises These 4 Things, Run Away," 5 Jan. 2019 Now, the buzz is back thanks to a photo of her posing around music city with her weapon. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Recent grad tries 'open carry' in Nashville after pro-gun photo went viral earlier this year," 24 Aug. 2018 Try out Swedish hair-care brand Sachajuan for yourself and see what the buzz is about. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Dermstore's Anniversary Sale Has Officially Started — And Even Sunday Riley Is on Sale," 9 Aug. 2018

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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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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



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


\ 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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