Definition of buzz in English:


Syllabification: buzz
Pronunciation: /bəz


[in singular]
  • 1A low, continuous humming or murmuring sound, made by or similar to that made by an insect: the buzz of the bees a buzz of conversation
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    • Then, from somewhere nearby, seemingly above the everyday sounds of the street, came the insect buzz of a tiny motor.
    • The only sounds were the crackling of the fire and the buzz of nocturnal insects waking up.
    • Dialogue had to be carefully picked out from among the buzz of insects and neighbours chatting.
    hum, humming, buzzing, murmur, drone
  • 1.1The sound of a buzzer or telephone.
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    • Jem's words are cut off by the buzz of Olivia's telephone, and Olivia presses the speaker button.
    • The buzz of telephones and fax machines fills Lauren's head as she attempts to peruse an investment project put to her by Jake.
    • The buzz of an alarm clock sounded through the room.
    ring, purr, note, tone, beep, bleep, warble, alarm, warning sound
  • 1.2 informal A telephone call: I’ll give you a buzz
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    • Give me a buzz tomorrow if you'd like and I can go over the details with you.
    • If you need help debugging it, you're more than welcome to give me a buzz tomorrow.
    • I might give her a buzz tomorrow to see what the deal is.
  • 1.3 informal A rumor: the buzz is that he’s in big trouble
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    • But the recent buzz has primarily been about her new relationship with her costar.
    • And you know - you know the buzz about broadcast news, that it's on the decline.
    • The good news is that the buzz has been positive.
  • 1.4An atmosphere of excitement and activity: there is a real buzz about the place
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    • With temperatures of up to 25 degrees the whole city is a buzz of activity and there is a real carnival atmosphere everywhere.
    • In both venues the arrival of the bunny and other ‘characters’ created a real buzz of excitement.
    • The town is staging its annual bugs festival and there is a real buzz of excitement in the community.
  • 1.5 informal A feeling of excitement or euphoria: I got such a buzz out of seeing the kids' faces
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    • We go on funfair rides, drive fast cars, ride motorbikes, climb highest summits, take part in dangerous sports - all basically for a thrill, a buzz.
    • I get a great buzz and a great thrill every time he rides for me.
    • But shark-feeding dives - where divers get bumped by huge Caribbean reef sharks - are the ultimate buzz for thrill-seekers.
    thrill, stimulation, glow, tingle
    informal kick, rush, high, charge
  • 1.6 informal A general sense of excitement about or interest in someone or something, as reflected in or generated by media coverage or word of mouth: they created a huge buzz with their latest album the film has already generated a lot of buzz in the industry
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    • Expertly paced trailers released over the past few months revealed nothing, and unannounced screenings in select cities created more buzz.
    • It's quite possible the song has been strategically released online to generate buzz, but does it really matter?
    • It wasn't exactly the most exciting accidental product leak, so its outing didn't generate much buzz.


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  • 1Make a humming sound: mosquitoes were buzzing all around us
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    • I was awakened at about 12: 30 AM by the annoying sound of a mosquito buzzing around my head.
    • A million and one different sounds buzzed around them.
    • Suddenly, a loud whirring sound buzzed by his left window.
  • 1.1 (often as noun buzzing) (Of the ears) be filled with a humming sound: I remember a buzzing in my ears
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    • With my left ear painlessly buzzing in its temporary deafness and the roof of my mouth lightly seared and tasting like steak, I retired for the evening.
    • The guy who wanted to sue because his ears were buzzing after a rock concert is a ridiculous example, but it shows the way people are thinking.
    • After a long day, and with our ears buzzing, we were all starving.
  • 1.2Signal with a buzzer: the electric bell began to buzz for closing time [with object]: he buzzed the stewardesses every five minutes
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    • Throughout the day Jason wrestles with his essay but rarely manages to tackle it for any length of time before the intercom buzzes again.
    • Driving past a guard booth or getting buzzed up via intercom - what's the difference?
    • As soon as she starts to relax, the intercom buzzes on her desk and she presses the ‘receive’ button with a polished fingernail.
    purr, warble, sound, ring, beep, bleep
  • 1.3 [with object] informal Make a telephone call to (someone).
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    • He knocks on my door, he comes down, he buzzes me on the phone, ‘Is there anything I can do to help?’
    • He must also contend with a house phone on which the chef buzzes him with a Wagnerian ring, as insistent as the Doomsday trumps.
    • They know they can buzz us if they want assistance.
  • 2 [with adverbial of direction] Move quickly or busily: she buzzed along the highway back into town
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    • The four shuttles quickly lifted off and buzzed back toward Base-One, leaving the marines to move out.
    • We've been busily buzzing around the city on weekends, perusing the papers and walking around the city, looking at potential apartments.
    • Cars buzzed by busily on the roads, but Drew paid no notice.
    bustle, scurry, scuttle, hurry, rush, race, dash, tear, chase
    informal scoot, beetle, whiz, zoom, zip
  • 2.1 [with object] Aeronautics , • informal Fly very close to (another aircraft, the ground, etc.) at a high speed.
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    • Each C - 47 brought its human cargo over the heart of Paris and buzzed the Eiffel Tower.
    • A year earlier F16s had failed to intercept a Cessna light aircraft that deviated from course, and buzzed the White House.
    • I turned just in time to see a supersonic jet disappear again, after buzzing us from 200 feet.
  • 3(Of a place) have an air of excitement or purposeful activity: the club is buzzing with excitement
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    • In five years time the laneways could be buzzing with activity.
    • By mid-morning, the trimmed green field in front of the fenced-in prison should be buzzing with activity.
    • There were tractors ploughing the soil, many of the shrubs had been uprooted and it was buzzing with activity.
    hum, throb, vibrate, pulse, bustle, be abuzz
  • 3.1(Of a person’s mind or head) be filled with excited or confused thoughts: her mind was buzzing with ideas
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    • My head was buzzing, filled with the memories of our night together.
    • His mind buzzes with ideas about history, technology, art theory, politics, global cultural trends, and more.
    • Except for the fact that her head was still buzzing.

Phrasal verbs

buzz off

[often in imperative] informal Go away.
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  • These features include the ability to zero in and land precisely on a potato chip and then flap their wings to buzz off with blazing speed.
  • Foreign observers were first of all to be banned, but the tiny number that eventually made it could only descend on the polling booth for a nano-second before buzzing off.
  • Belatedly, Charlotte came up with an offer of a new building, but with one, ultimately fruitless, stipulation - that the twosome buzzed off in favour of new owners.
scram, go away, be gone/begone, be off


late Middle English: imitative.

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