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  1. buzzing.
  2. full of or alive with activity, talk, etc.: The company was abuzz with rumors about the new owner.
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Origin of abuzz

First recorded in 1855–60; a-1 + buzz1
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  • The town was abuzz with excitement for an hour, when the news became stale.

    The Long Chance

    Peter B. Kyne

  • On the 12th of December, 1864, Dublin society was abuzz with excitement.

  • After that, not the cloggers shop only, but half Horwick and all Back o th Mooin were abuzz with the news.

    Back o' the Moon

    Oliver Onions

  • The hotel parlor and office were abuzz with stories of the guests, decorations, and city caterer.

    The Road to Understanding

    Eleanor H. Porter

  • The long silent halls of sumptuous hotels are all abuzz with excited arrivals.

    New Tabernacle Sermons

    Thomas De Witt Talmage

British Dictionary definitions for abuzz


  1. (postpositive) humming, as with conversation, activity, etc; buzzing
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Word Origin and History for abuzz


1859, from a- (1) + buzz. First recorded in Dickens.

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