buzz·​er ˈbə-zər How to pronounce buzzer (audio)
: one that buzzes
specifically : an electric signaling device that makes a buzzing sound
: the sound of a buzzer

Example Sentences

Their team was ahead by two points when the buzzer signaled the end of the game.
Recent Examples on the Web Davis swarmed him, perfect defense, forcing Jokic into a bit of a retreat, when in one motion the Denver big man and two-time most valuable player launched a 28-footer that somehow swished through the net at the third-quarter buzzer. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2023 That includes last year’s dramatic 19-17 victory in which Jackson ran three times for 26 yards and had two completions to tight end Mark Andrews in the final two minutes to set up a game-winning field goal by Tucker at the buzzer. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 12 May 2023 The Warriors closed out the half with a 16-5 run, capped by Curry's 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving Golden State a 70-59 lead at intermission. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 11 May 2023 That gave the Celtics a sideline out of bounds near midcourt, and Horford tossed in a 3-pointer just before the buzzer. Adam Himmelsbach,, 6 May 2023 The Owls seemed destined to head to the finals but suffered a heartbreaking buzzer beat loss to San Diego State in the semifinals on April 2. Scott Travis, Sun Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2023 After the final buzzer against the Lakers, Drummond couldn’t drag himself out of the locker room. Julia Poe, Chicago Tribune, 23 Apr. 2023 Alex McPherson hit a 33-yard field goal at the buzzer on a windy and rainy Saturday to finish the game with a 24-24 tie. Nubyjas Wilborn | , al, 9 Apr. 2023 Their opponent in Monday night’s title game will be Connecticut, which has been deep into celebration mode by the time the final buzzer sounded in each of their five tournament games so far. Laine Higgins, WSJ, 2 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of buzzer was in 1604

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“Buzzer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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buzz·​er ˈbəz-ər How to pronounce buzzer (audio)
: an electric signaling device that makes a buzzing sound

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