buzzard

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[ buhz-erd ]

noun
  1. any of several broad-winged, soaring hawks of the genus Buteo and allied genera, especially B. buteo, of Europe.

  2. any of several New World vultures of the family Cathartidae, especially the turkey vulture.

  1. Slang. a contemptible or cantankerous person (often preceded by old): That old buzzard has lived in the same shack for twenty years.

adjective
  1. Obsolete. senseless; stupid.

Origin of buzzard

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1250–1300; Middle English busard<Old French, variant of buisard, equivalent to buis(on) buzzard (<Latin būteōn-, stem of būteō kind of hawk) + -ard-ard

Other words from buzzard

  • buz·zard·like, adjective
  • buz·zard·ly, adjective, adverb

Words Nearby buzzard

Other definitions for buzzard (2 of 2)

buzzard2
[ buhz-erd ]

nounBritish Dialect.
  1. any of various nocturnal buzzing insects, as cockchafers.

Origin of buzzard

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First recorded in 1645–55; buzz + -ard

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How to use buzzard in a sentence

  • The process that had answered for one cat would answer for a second, as the buzzard very well knew.

  • The bees droned, and the wheeling buzzard suddenly dropped like a plummet a hundred yards through the larkspur blue.

    Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions

British Dictionary definitions for buzzard

buzzard

/ (ˈbʌzəd) /


noun
  1. any diurnal bird of prey of the genus Buteo, typically having broad wings and tail and a soaring flight: family Accipitridae (hawks, etc): Compare honey buzzard, turkey buzzard

  2. a mean or cantankerous person

Origin of buzzard

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C13: from Old French buisard, variant of buison buzzard, from Latin būteō hawk, falcon

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