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.
  4. (obsolete) A gossip.
    • Shakespeare
      Her brother is in secret come from France,
      Feeds on this wonder, keeps himself in clouds
      And wants not buzzers to infect his ear
      With pestilent speeches of his father's death.

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