- a feeling of intense enthusiasm, excitement, or exhilaration: I got a terrific buzz from those Pacific sunsets.
- a feeling of slight intoxication.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to fly a plane very low over: to buzz a field.
- to signal or greet (someone) by flying a plane low and slowing the motor spasmodically.
- buys-ballot's law,
- buzz bomb,
- buzz cut,
- buzz in,
- buzz off,
- buzz phrase
Origin of buzz1
Origin of buzz2
Examples from the Web for buzz
The exposure and buzz from Short Term have raised her profile considerably.
Few series arrive with the buzz of Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble|Kevin Fallon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All this buzz, the continued tabloid fascination with Hurley, is down—absurdly—to that dress.Happy 20th Birthday, Liz Hurley’s Safety-Pin Dress|Tim Teeman|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The grapevine and the international media were alight with the buzz of the student killed by the police during the demonstration.
Clayton businesses and buildings are preparing for lockdowns as the Buzz Westfall Center in Clayton where the grand jury meets.
With a whizz and a buzz the auto darted across the store, bringing up with a bang against the low part of the opposite counter.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Keeping Store|Laura Lee Hope
A great six-foot German struggling with a slim figure that Buzz somehow recognised as his lieutenant, Hatton.Cheerful--By Request|Edna Ferber
Then five minutes of painful reading ensued, with the buzz of voices increasing.The Man with a Shadow|George Manville Fenn
Humming and strumming, and singing and smoking, splashing, and sparkling; a buzz of voices and booming of sea!The Open Air|Richard Jefferies
She looked and saw two men advance with eager step and fall on bended knee at the foot of the throne amid a buzz of excitement.The King's Men|Robert Grant, John Boyle O'Reilly, J. S. Dale, and John T. Wheelwright
- a pleasant sensation, as from a drug such as cannabis
- a sense of excitement; kick
- to fly an aircraft very low over (an object)to buzz a ship
- to fly an aircraft very close to or across the path of (another aircraft), esp to warn or intimidate
Word Origin for buzz
Word Origin for aldrin
late 15c., echoic of bees and other insects. Aviation sense of "fly low and close" is by 1941 (see buzz (n.)). Related: Buzzed; buzzing. Buzz off (1914) originally meant "to ring off on the telephone," from the use of buzzers to signal a call or message on old systems. As a command, it originally would have been telling someone to get off the line.
"a busy rumour" [Rowe], 1620s (earlier "a fancy," c.1600), figurative use from buzz (v.). Literal sense of "humming sound" is from 1640s. A "buzz" was the characteristic sound of an airplane in early 20c.; hence verbal sense "to fly swiftly," by 1928; by 1940 especially in military use, "to fly low over a surface as a warning signal" (e.g. that target practice is about to begin):
The patrol aircraft shall employ the method of warning known as "buzzing" which consists of low flight by the airplane and repeated opening and closing of the throttle. [1941 Supplement to the Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America," Chap. II, Corps of Engineers, War Department, p. 3434, etc. ]
Meaning "pleasant sense of intoxication" first recorded 1935. The children's game of counting off with 7 or multiples of it replaced by buzz is attested from 1864 and is mentioned in "Little Women" (1868). To give (someone) a buzz (by 1922) is from the buzz that announced a call on old telephone systems.