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From Middle English *bussen, of onomatopoeic origin. Compare Middle English bunning (buzzing), Middle English hossing (buzzing), Middle English bissen (to hush).


  • enPR: bŭz, IPA(key): /bʌz/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: buzz
  • Rhymes: -ʌz


buzz (countable and uncountable, plural buzzes)

  1. A continuous, humming noise, as of bees; a confused murmur, as of general conversation in low tones.
    • 1899 Feb, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, page 209:
      In the steady buzz of flies the homeward-bound agent was lying flushed and insensible[.]
  2. A whisper.
  3. The audible friction of voice consonants.
  4. (informal) A rush or feeling of energy or excitement; a feeling of slight intoxication.
    Still feeling the buzz from the coffee, he pushed through the last of the homework.
  5. (informal) A telephone call or e-mail.
  6. (informal) Major topic of conversation; widespread rumor; information spread behind the scenes.
    • 2006 Sept. 6, Daren Fonda, "Ford Motor's New Chief: "I Think It's a Tough Situation"," Time:
      In Detroit, the buzz is that he's too nice a guy, unwilling to impose draconian job cuts at the risk of angering the UAW.
    • 2011 Allen Gregory, "Pilot" (season 1, episode 1):
      Allen Gregory DeLongpre: Who's he?
      Patrick: He's only the most popular kid in school.
      Allen Gregory: Ah, the two heavyweights finally meet. Sure you're tired of all the buzz. Allen Gregory DeLongpre.
      Joel Zadak: Joel...Zadak!


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buzz (third-person singular simple present buzzes, present participle buzzing, simple past and past participle buzzed)

  1. (intransitive) To make a low, continuous, humming or sibilant sound, like that made by bees with their wings.
    1. (by extension) To utter a murmuring sound; to speak with a low, humming voice.
    2. Of a group of people, to talk about some interesting topic excitedly.
    3. (chiefly of an insect) To fly while making such a sound.
  2. (colloquial) To show a high level of activity and haste, energization or excitement, to be busy as a bee in one’s actions but perhaps mentally charged.
  3. (transitive) To whisper; to communicate, as tales, in an undertone; to spread, as a report, by whispers or secretly.
  4. (transitive) To talk to incessantly or confidentially in a low humming voice.
  5. (aviation) To fly at high speed and at a very low altitude over a specified area, as to make a surprise pass.
    • 2013, The Economist, Stopping asteroid strikes: Defenders of the Earth
      [] an asteroid a mere 15-20 metres across exploded with the force of a medium-sized atom bomb over Chelyabinsk, in Russia, and another, much larger one buzzed Earth a few hours later.
  6. (transitive) To cut the hair in a close-cropped military style, or buzzcut.
    • 2012, Ellen Hartman, Out of Bounds (page 130)
      Deacon said, “You used to beg me to let you buzz your hair when you were little.” “And then I grew up and realized how awful you looked when you buzzed yours.”
  7. (archaic, transitive) To drink to the bottom.
    • 1849, The New Monthly Magazine and Universal Register
      He buzzed the bottle with such a hearty good will as settled the fate of another, which Soapey rang for as a matter of course. There was but the rejected one, which however Spigot put into a different decanter and brought in []
  8. (transitive) To communicate with (a person) by means of a buzzer.
    • 2012, Steven Joseph Sinopoli, The Seventh House (page 66)
      Then one day my secretary buzzed me and said Frank Sinatra was on the phone. When I picked up the phone it was the Chief who played dumb and would not admit that he said he was Frank Sinatra.



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From English buzz.



buzz m (uncountable)

  1. buzz (excitement)