[ buhz-wurd ]
/ ˈbʌzˌwɜrd /


a word or phrase, often sounding authoritative or technical, that is a vogue term in a particular profession, field of study, popular culture, etc.

Nearby words

  1. buzzcut,
  2. buzzer,
  3. buzzkill,
  4. buzzsaw,
  5. buzzwig,
  6. buzzy,
  7. buñuel,
  8. buñuel, luis,
  9. buñuelo,
  10. bv

Origin of buzzword

First recorded in 1965–70; buzz1 + word Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for buzz word

buzz word


informal a word, often originating in a particular jargon, that becomes a vogue word in the community as a whole or among a particular group
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Word Origin and History for buzz word



also buzz word, 1946, from buzz (n.) + word (n.). Noted as Harvard student slang for the key words in a lecture or reading. Perhaps from the use of buzz in the popular counting game.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper