- any of several broad-winged, soaring hawks of the genus Buteo and allied genera, especially B. buteo, of Europe.
- any of several New World vultures of the family Cathartidae, especially the turkey vulture.
- Slang. a contemptible or cantankerous person (often preceded by old): That old buzzard has lived in the same shack for twenty years.
- Obsolete. senseless; stupid.
Origin of buzzard1
- any of various nocturnal buzzing insects, as cockchafers.
Origin of buzzard2
Examples from the Web for buzzard
Historical Examples of buzzard
The jury had listened to the buzzard's harangue, with their eyes, not with their ears.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Pity they didn't get that buzzard and hang him, isn't it, sir?Mixed Faces
Turkey Buzzard put it on and strutted up and down the forest.Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children
Well, they killed a wild turkey and a buzzard, the latter good for naught.Three Years on the Plains
Edmund B. Tuttle
We saw several porcupines, and an owl as large as a buzzard.Pluck on the Long Trail
Edwin L. Sabin
Word Origin for buzzard
Word Origin and History for buzzard
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).