buzz
Pronunciation Noun

buzz

  1. A continuous, humming noise, as of bees; a confused murmur, as of general conversation in low tones.
  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, "[http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1532256,00.html 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 (buzzes, present participle buzzing; past and past participle buzzed)

  1. (intransitive) To make a low, continuous, humming or sibilant sound, like that made by bees with their wings.
    • Like a wasp it buzzed, and stung him.
    • 1922, D. H. Lawrence, Fantasia of the Unconscious, ch. 2:
      So that now the universe has escaped from the pin which was pushed through it, like an impaled fly vainly buzzing, […] we can hope also to escape.
    1. (by extension) To utter a murmuring sound; to speak with a low, humming voice.
      • c. 1588–1593, William Shakespeare, “The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iv]:
        However these disturbers of our peace / Buzz in the people's ears.
    2. (chiefly, of an insect) To fly while making such a sound.
      • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula, ch. 20:
        The flies, lethargic with the autumn, were beginning to buzz into the room.
  2. (colloquial) To show a high level of activity and haste (alluding to the common simile "busy as a bee"). Often in the colloquial imperative "Buzz off!"
  3. (transitive) To whisper; to communicate, as tales, in an undertone; to spread, as a report, by whispers or secretly.
    • c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene vi]:
      I will buzz abroad such prophecies / That Edward shall be fearful of his life.
  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.
  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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  • French: raser
  • Russian: лете́ть на бре́ющем полёте
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Buzz
Proper noun
  1. A male given name



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