• IPA: /ˈbʌzəɹd/

buzzard (plural buzzards)

  1. Any of several Old World birds of prey of the genus Buteo with broad wings and a broad tail.
  2. (North America) Any scavenging bird such as the American black vulture (Coragyps atratus) or the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura).
  3. (colloquial, derogatory, slang, often preceded by "old", the "old buzzard") In North America, a curmudgeonly or cantankerous man; an old person; a mean, greedy person.
  4. (archaic) A blockhead; a dunce.
    • 1640, George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum; or, Outlandish Proverbs, Sentences, etc., in The Remains of that Sweet Singer of the Temple George Herbert, London: Pickering, 1841, p. 142,
      An old man’s shadow is better than a young buzzard’s sword.
    • 1774, Oliver Goldsmith, Animated Nature, Volume 6, Index,
      It is common, to a proverb, to call one who can not be taught, or who continues obstinately ignorant, a buzzard.
  5. (golf) Synonym of double bogey#English|double bogey
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: sale bougre, sale bougresse
  • German: alter Gauner, alte Gaunerin

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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