abuzz

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

a- (in such a manner) +‎ buzz (to drone)[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

abuzz (comparative more abuzz, superlative most abuzz)

  1. In a buzz; buzzing
    • 2005, Cory Doctorow, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town:
      he remembered boyhood summers on the mountain's slopes abuzz with blackflies and syrupy heat.
  2. (postpositive) Characterized by excessive gossip or activity.
    • 1902, Francis Lynde, The Master of Appleby:
      Now what a-devil has set this hornet's nest of theirs abuzz so suddenly?
    • 1914, Peter B. Kyne, The Long Chance:
      The town was abuzz with excitement for an hour, when the news became stale.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], ISBN 0-87779-101-5), page 8