buzzard

1
[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.
  3. 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

1
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
Related formsbuz·zard·like, adjectivebuz·zard·ly, adjective, adverb

buzzard

2
[buhz-erd]
noun British Dialect.
  1. any of various nocturnal buzzing insects, as cockchafers.

Origin of buzzard

2
First recorded in 1645–55; buzz1 + -ard
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buzzard

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

Word Origin for buzzard

C13: from Old French buisard, variant of buison buzzard, from Latin būteō hawk, falcon
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Word Origin and History for buzzard
n.

c.1300, from Old French buisart "buzzard, harrier, inferior hawk," from buson, buison, from Latin buteonem (nominative buteo) a kind of hawk, perhaps with -art suffix for one that carries on some action or possesses some quality, with derogatory connotation (see -ard).

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