buzzer

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Etymology[edit]

From buzz +‎ -er.

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Noun[edit]

buzzer (plural buzzers)

  1. One who, or that which, buzzes; an insect that buzzes.
    • Shakespeare
      And wants not buzzers to infect his ear / With pestilent speeches of his father's death.
    • 1895, George Meredith, The Amazing Marriage:
      ... it left, however, a bee at his ear and an itch to transfer the buzzer's attentions and tease his darling; for she had betrayed herself as right good game.
  2. A device that makes a buzzing sound.
    • If you think you know the answer to the question, hit the buzzer as fast as you can.
  3. (US slang) A police badge.
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p. 28:
      I flipped my wallet open on her desk and let her look at the buzzer pinned to the flap.

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