a low, vibrating, humming sound, as of bees, machinery, or people talking.
Informal. a rumor or report: There's a buzz going around that he'll soon be fired.
Informal. a phone call: When I find out, I'll give you a buzz.
a feeling of intense enthusiasm, interest, excitement, or exhilaration: I get a terrific buzz from those Pacific sunsets.Their ads are generating plenty of buzz.
a feeling of slight intoxication or overstimulation from liquor or drugs: Too much caffeine gives me a buzz.
to make a low, vibrating, humming sound.
to speak or murmur with such a sound.
to make a buzzing sound with: The fly buzzed its wings.
to tell or spread (a rumor, gossip, etc.) secretively.
to signal or summon with a buzzer: He buzzed his assistant.
Informal. to make a phone call to.
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.
Idioms about buzz
have / get a buzz on, Slang. to be slightly intoxicated: After a few beers they all had a buzz on.
- buzz·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use buzz in a sentence
That’s generated yet another round of buzz about whether Faulconer will act on the tweets and challenge Newsom directly in a race for governor.Sacramento Report: Police Groups Want to Set the Terms of Police Reform | Sara Libby | November 20, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Her record-setting run, meanwhile, had generated plenty of buzz.
That launch led to a lot of buzz among merchants that Shopify may eventually turn the Shop app to a marketplace, now that it has a property that millions of shoppers are now actively using.As its ecosystem grows, companies are becoming reliant on Shopify for more parts of their business | Anna Hensel | November 13, 2020 | Digiday
“When a new app or internet service begins to generate buzz and subscribers — say Instagram or Whatsapp — it gets bought up by Facebook and Google,” Yost said.FTC Chair issues antitrust warning as Facebook awaits decision | Verne Kopytoff | November 12, 2020 | Fortune
With one chemical activating the reward response and the other activating the fight-or-flight response, the telltale nicotine buzz is created.
In fact, she knew the correct answer 92 percent of the time she buzzed in during her 20-game streak.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush | Sujay Kumar | November 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I had buzzed around the wiki flower for a while, and then pollinated the free-encyclopedia flower.
Her book, for example, does not discuss her buzzed-about, scantily clad Maxim photo shoot from last year, and so neither do we.'Boy Meets World' Star Danielle Fishel Is OK with Being Topanga Forever | Kevin Fallon | September 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So when it was revealed he would instead be showing in New York, it quickly became one of the most buzzed-about shows of the week.Gareth Pugh's Fashion Show Lacked Fashion, But Not Passion | Justin Jones | September 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Black plastic sunglasses rest atop his buzzed hair, above a tanned face with sharp features.A Shooting on a Tribal Land Uncovers Feds Running Wild | Caitlin Dickson | August 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Such a "bee" as that was had never before buzzed on that mountain, even though this was by no means the first one known there.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
The flies buzzed in and out, and the window curtains moved gently in the breeze.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
The gardens of the Golden Shell buzzed with the clatter and hum of a thousand busy squires.God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
A dozen squires and grooms buzzed around the Spaniard, making to lift him from his horse.God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
In his eagerness to see everything that was happening, Buster buzzed very close to a good many people.The Tale of Buster Bumblebee | Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for buzz
a rapidly vibrating humming sound, as that of a prolonged z or of a bee in flight
a low sound, as of many voices in conversation
a rumour; report; gossip
informal a telephone call: I'll give you a buzz
a pleasant sensation, as from a drug such as cannabis
a sense of excitement; kick
(intr) to make a vibrating sound like that of a prolonged z
(intr) to talk or gossip with an air of excitement or urgency: the town buzzed with the news
(tr) to utter or spread (a rumour)
(intr often foll by about) to move around quickly and busily; bustle
(tr) to signal or summon with a buzzer
(tr) informal to call by telephone
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
(tr) (esp of insects) to make a buzzing sound with (wings, etc)
- See also buzz in
- buzzing, noun, adjective
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