Definition of buzz in English:

buzz

Pronunciation /bəz/

Translate buzz into Spanish

noun

  • 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’
    hum, humming, buzzing, murmur, drone, whir, whirring, fizz, fizzing, fuzz, hiss, singing, whisper
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    1. 1.1The sound of a buzzer or telephone.
      audible warning, purr, purring, ring, ringing, note, tone, beep, bleep, meep, warble, signal, alarm, alert
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    2. 1.2informal A phone call.
      • ‘I'll give you a buzz’
      call, phone call, telephone call
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  • 2An atmosphere of excitement and activity.

    • ‘there is a real buzz about the place’
    1. 2.1informal A feeling of excitement or euphoria; a thrill.
      • ‘I got such a buzz out of seeing the kids' faces’
      thrill, feeling of excitement, feeling of euphoria, stimulation, glow, tingle
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    2. 2.2informal 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’
  • 3informal A rumor.

    • ‘there's a strong buzz that he's in Scotland’
    • ‘the buzz is that he's in big trouble’
    rumour, gossip, story, word, report, whisper, speculation, insinuation, suggestion, hint
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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • 1Make a low, continuous humming sound.

    ‘mosquitoes were buzzing all around us’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The house nearly buzzed from the sound of their chattering.’
    • ‘The brush lining our path buzzed with the sounds of ten thousand winged neighbors exchanging the morning news.’
    • ‘The sound buzzed throughout the room, but the general didn't seem to mind.’
    • ‘His radio buzzed with the sound of a voice over static.’
    • ‘The sounds buzzed slightly and worked around in her head, sleep clawed at her eyes painfully as Samantha sat up and rubbed the last remnants of a dream from them.’
    • ‘For the most part, the sound is vintage electric Chicago blues, employing a raw two-guitar attack that buzzes with the dirty sound of overworked amps and blown speakers.’
    • ‘He paused to shoo away some mosquitoes buzzing about her neck, ‘I just wish that you could know.’’
    • ‘Now that the mosquitoes are buzzing again I want something to reduce the threat of West Nile Virus.’
    • ‘Bands of mosquitoes buzzed on the netting around my face.’
    • ‘Hordes of mosquitoes and flies buzzed around us.’
    • ‘The auditorium continued to buzz with bored voices and only quieted when he'd tapped on the cone-shaped contraption in front of him.’
    • ‘It continued to buzz for some time and eventually Lazarus got sick of it, slamming his fist onto the answer button.’
    • ‘There was nothing more annoying in the entire universe than the sound of a mosquito buzzing around near your ear.’
    • ‘Last night the news helicopters on the West Coast were buzzing like mosquitoes.’
    • ‘The voice continued to buzz at her in her clouded brain.’
    • ‘It was so hot, and there was a mosquito buzzing around my head.’
    • ‘The generators which had been powerless now were buzzing and singing full of energy.’
    hum, drone, bumble, whir, fizz, fuzz, hiss, sing, murmur, whisper
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    1. 1.1(of the ears) be filled with a humming sound.
      ‘this amp is loud enough to make my ears buzz for a couple of hours on full blast’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The air would take on a static charge, and you'd be able to hear your own ears buzzing.’
      • ‘His body was cold with sweat, and his ears were still buzzing.’
      • ‘The misty scene disappeared, I found out that I could breathe again, and my ears were buzzing like crazy.’
      • ‘The glass shut out most of the noise and left my ears buzzing again.’
      • ‘Oh, and before all that you get paranormal phenomena for a few days and ear buzzing, as kind of a preamble.’
      • ‘My ears were buzzing, my head was pounding, people were screaming.’
      • ‘The room was so quiet that my ears buzzed a little.’
      • ‘It should make your ears buzz so that you can't hold a conversation without yelling for a few hours after the show.’
      • ‘His ears buzzed with anticipation of the fear that that clawed at the surface of his mind, daring to break loose and cause pandemonium upon all common sense and knowledge.’
      • ‘My ears buzzed in the sudden absence of noise: harsh breathing, sobs, quiet and comforting words.’
      • ‘Her ears still buzzed from listening to her walkman on the way to school.’
      • ‘The longer his fingers lingered on her skin his ears buzzed with awareness.’
      • ‘My ears buzz, my eyes well up, saliva builds up in my mouth until it drips down my chin.’
      • ‘Virginia's ears buzzed uncontrollably, and her head slammed against the carriage's wooden wall behind her.’
      • ‘Kaleb's ears buzzed as if two angry bees found their way into them.’
      • ‘The music was beginning to make her ears buzz, and a small pain in her neck started to grow into a full fledged migraine.’
      • ‘Neither of the two senshi spoke during that time and the silence made Cathy's ears buzz.’
    2. 1.2Signal to someone with a buzzer.
      with object ‘he buzzed the stewardesses every five minutes’
      • ‘the electric bell began to buzz for closing time’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The intercom buzzes suddenly, drawing me away from the song.’
      • ‘As their lips met, the intercom behind them buzzed.’
      • ‘The intercom beside the door buzzed and came to life.’
      • ‘The intercom buzzed, and Max let Jared inside the building.’
      • ‘Jamie's intercom buzzed again and he picked up the receiver.’
      • ‘The apartment intercom buzzed and Hannah went to answer it.’
      • ‘Lipton had barely entered his office when the intercom buzzed.’
      • ‘While he was in the middle of the lecture, the intercom buzzed.’
      • ‘Just when I thought I'd have to maul someone to eat, the intercom buzzed.’
      • ‘He was in the process of updating his log when the intercom buzzed.’
      • ‘I had just finished garnishing two bagels with cream cheese when the gate's intercom buzzed.’
      • ‘The intercom on his desk buzzed, reminding him that in ten minutes he had to conduct yet another execution.’
      • ‘The intercom buzzed and I proceeded to jump three feet in the opposite direction.’
      • ‘Agatha used the intercom to buzz what she called ‘servant headquarters’ and ordered two maids to come down.’
      • ‘‘The principal wants to talk to you,’ the lady said, Jo nodded as the lady buzzed in the intercom.’
      • ‘The intercom buzzes and the Admiral's secretary announces the arrival of a final guest.’
      • ‘Christine, his father's secretary buzzed through on the intercom.’
      purr, sound, reverberate, ring, beep, bleep, warble
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    3. 1.3informal with object Make a phone call to (someone)
      • ‘he buzzed me on the car phone’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sign up, and the likes of Brad will buzz you Thanksgiving night and tell you to go to bed.’
      • ‘If anyone wants lunch in the city this week, buzz me.’
      • ‘We wait while she buzzes someone and tells them she has an emergency out front.’
      • ‘She buzzed him and informed him of our presence.’
      • ‘But I was just getting ready to meet Caren - they were going to buzz me, and we were going in their car.’
      • ‘I tried to message her or buzz her but then she disappeared offline.’
      • ‘She was typing with a phone at her ear when Josie buzzed her.’
      • ‘He doesn't have long to simmer over this conversation before his secretary buzzes him again.’
      • ‘He buzzes his secretary and announces he's taking a two week vacation to spend with his kids.’
      • ‘He buzzed his assistant and she brought in the new holo posters, already on display that very day in all of HI's Los Angeles holotheaters.’
      • ‘When I got back, I buzzed Rory to see what everybody wanted to do for lunch.’
      • ‘The magazine buzzed him in his L.A. hotel room and chatted about the new film, the band's score and the art of updating soundtracks.’
      • ‘A woman, of Clacton police, said: ‘A man buzzed her saying he was from the gas board and wanted to read her meter.’’
      phone, call, get someone on the phone, get on the phone to, get, reach, dial, make a call to, place a call to
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  • 2with adverbial of direction Move quickly or busily.

    ‘she buzzed along the highway back into town’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One is much less likely to consider the possible choices and decisions made as they buzz by quickly.’
    • ‘We had to wait a little too long to be seated, and even longer to be served, but once our overworked waitress finally arrived everything started buzzing along nicely.’
    • ‘Once you get it moving on a motorway, though, it buzzes along with aplomb.’
    • ‘I buzzed along, happy as happy, enjoying the drive for once.’
    • ‘You buzz along, but around clouds and large island landmasses, it feels as though you are being dangled on a piece of string, jerked by an unseen, teasing hand on the updraughts and winds.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the man, buzzing along on cigarettes and coffee, is also mapping his immortality on the World Wide Web.’
    • ‘In an hour I had vacated the box I called home and was buzzing along in my Camry.’
    • ‘She was buzzing along at mound height plus 500 feet and flew directly over me as if she knew I was there, which, of course, was impossible.’
    • ‘Not low enough and they buzzed around, tearing each other apart before being released from 1,000 feet.’
    • ‘It really keeps life interesting and refreshes you so you can buzz along at top speed at school come Monday.’
    • ‘Some of her visual material comes from the architects but much is her own, shot as she buzzes around the world curating exhibitions.’
    • ‘Birds twittered, flying here and there for food, buzzing around the party of travellers as they moved on, towards the horizon.’
    • ‘Moving from Libra into Scorpius on the 20th, Mars buzzes past the arc of three stars known as the Crown of the Scorpion.’
    • ‘One, Lindsey, was very quiet and helpful when asked questions by the many Montana Highway Patrol officers buzzing around.’
    • ‘The drums plod along intently, keyboards ping and buzz about.’
    • ‘I wanted to avoid main roads but at times Stevenson's route lay along these, where the cars buzzed by like rare insects.’
    • ‘They buzz around loudly on their motorcycles, terrorizing the citizenry with their dreadful lack of manners.’
    bustle, scurry, scuttle, scramble, scamper, flutter, fuss
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    1. 2.1informal with object (of an aircraft) fly very close to (another aircraft, the ground, etc.) at high speed.
      • ‘helicopter gunships were sent to buzz the villages’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I say reasonably quiet, because about five minutes after I came back, I got buzzed by an F17.’
      • ‘He asked if I was the pilot that was under arrest for buzzing Jones Beach and I said yes.’
  • 3usually be buzzing with(of a place) have an air of excitement or be full of lively activity.

    ‘the club is buzzing with excitement’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The stadium was buzzing with excitement as the competitors were paraded.’
    • ‘The festival, launched four years ago, has gone from strength and the town will be buzzing with activity for the next two weeks.’
    • ‘It's the holidays, and things are buzzing with human activity, in a usually deserted sort of way.’
    • ‘Since then, the shrine has been buzzing with religious and social activities.’
    • ‘The rest of the school was buzzing with excitement, but Alexandra hid her tears behind her books.’
    • ‘Constantly chattering over each other, the vast room is buzzing with an infectious excitement.’
    • ‘We make suitably enthusiastic noises to the owners, and depart, buzzing with excitement.’
    • ‘I crossed the threshold and re-entered the house, which was buzzing with undying activity.’
    • ‘Fifteen minutes later, the rooms were buzzing with excitement.’
    • ‘Seven minutes later, we were in front of said school, which was lit up and buzzing with excitement.’
    • ‘The halls were buzzing with activity per usual, but he didn't comprehend any of it.’
    • ‘The site is buzzing with activity as hundreds of workers pull out all the stops to get the centre ready for opening day.’
    • ‘The snow had turned to slush in the streets that were buzzing with the usual activities.’
    • ‘For three days and nights Florence will be buzzing with ideas and activity.’
    • ‘It is a new, all-on-one-level bingo hall full of people of all ages and buzzing with atmosphere, which we have lost here at the Rialto.’
    • ‘Great Victoria Street was buzzing with young people in stylish clothes after the opera and bars and restaurants were bursting at the seams.’
    • ‘The blogosphere naturally is buzzing with good commentary about this issue.’
    have an air of
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    1. 3.1(of a person) be in a state of great excitement or stimulation.
      ‘twenty-four hours later Mark was still buzzing’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Michael's head was still buzzing from his so-called lectures.’
      • ‘But his head was buzzing - he could still hear Kai's voice inside his mind, repeating itself over and over.’
      • ‘My head was buzzing, and I kept gasping for air against his lips.’
      • ‘My head was buzzing, the screen was only the way I saw my uncle.’
      • ‘My legs were sore and my head was still buzzing from the music.’
      • ‘His head was still buzzing; he couldn't believe what was happening to him.’
      • ‘My head was buzzing as I tried to put myself to sleep using the familiar sound of Julian's heartbeat.’
      • ‘His mind was buzzing, full with images of black boats on dark lochs and shadows flitting through trees.’
      • ‘So I'm at work, and really need to get into gear because I have so much to do that my mind is buzzing.’
      • ‘The consequence is that now I too hate skirting boards, even ones that sat there at half five this morning gleaming with a sort of buzzing early morning brilliance while my head buzzed with lack of sleep.’
      • ‘However it may not be the tutor who's making their heads buzz, but the thought of taking their first step on the property ladder.’
      • ‘Having skipped the end of term bop to sleep, I didn't manage a single hour; my mind was buzzing.’
      • ‘I understand your points, and although my head buzzes trying to take each sentence in, I'm taking it on board.’
      • ‘Sophie's mind was buzzing, how much had he heard?’
      • ‘My legs just refused to work and my head was buzzing.’
      • ‘My mind was buzzing, but my outward appearance looked dead.’
      • ‘My head was still buzzing from the previous night's antics but something was nagging away at me, something deep inside that I was supposed to remember.’

Phrasal Verbs

    buzz off
    informal
    • often in imperative Go away.

      • ‘we know what we're doing, so buzz off!’
      • ‘I need a fresh perspective before buzzing off to university’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He lost radio control on the last flight after the radio battery on the aircraft had been shaken out, and watched in horror as his creation buzzed off in the direction of Addingham.’
      • ‘Now kindly buzz off because I have serious work to do and this discussion cannot be productive of anything except raising my blood pressure.’
      • ‘The best policy is probably to do nothing; an airline that actually took advantage of the provisions of the contracts with its passengers, and told them to buzz off, wouldn't be in business for very long.’
      • ‘He also has a great scene when his foster sister tells him to buzz off, an argument which degenerates into a furious row about who looked after who in the foster home.’
      • ‘Then we say: ‘Please give us your money, and give us your assets, then buzz off and let us manage and run them for you.’’
      • ‘‘No, not true,’ I say, wishing he'd buzz off outside again and leave me to it.’
      • ‘And you can all buzz off and get lost if you don't believe me.’
      • ‘No matter who's got you all in a tizzy, sometimes you just want to blow a gasket and tell them all to just buzz off.’
      • ‘I wish it would buzz off, but it looks as if we are stuck with choice.’
      • ‘No sooner have you joined up than you're buzzing off again.’
      • ‘How can you say buzz off to me after all you said just now?’
      • ‘Yeah, and I don't like people touching her, so buzz off, okay?’
      • ‘Did you get the feeling she's telling us to buzz off?’
      • ‘‘Aaron, buzz off,’ Eric said to his older brother.’
      • ‘Can't you just buzz off and bother someone else that's dumb enough to listen to you?’
      • ‘Brandon how many times do I have to tell you to buzz off?’
      • ‘Tom belongs to Katie so buzz off and mind your own beeswax.’

Origin

Late Middle English imitative.