- a feeling of intense enthusiasm, excitement, or exhilaration: I got a terrific buzz from those Pacific sunsets.
- a feeling of slight intoxication.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- 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.
- buys-ballot's law,
- buzz bomb,
- buzz cut,
- buzz in,
- buzz off,
- buzz phrase
Origin of buzz1
Examples from the Web for buzzed
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|DAILY BEAST
I had buzzed around the wiki flower for a while, and then pollinated the free-encyclopedia flower.
He telephoned the Archives and I was buzzed through a locked door to climb up several hundred stone steps to the Round Tower.Working in The Royal Archives and Dreaming Up a Novel|Tom Sykes|October 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The driver wore reflector shades, and his hair was buzzed short.
A receptionist becomes a movie star by starring in the most buzzed about film of the season.
Dicky came up after him to see what we was up to, and when he did see he buzzed a pillow at Oswald, and the fight began.The Wouldbegoods|E. Nesbit
It buzzed around the smithy and then lit on a clover blossom by the door.Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year|E.C. Hartwell
They buzzed over his head, keeping pace even with his headlong flight.The Mad Planet|Murray Leinster
The little lobby milled and buzzed, drowning the scratching of the pen as a trembling man signed the confession, page by page.The White Desert|Courtney Ryley Cooper
The gardens of the Golden Shell buzzed with the clatter and hum of a thousand busy squires.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
- a pleasant sensation, as from a drug such as cannabis
- a sense of excitement; kick
- 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
Word Origin for buzz
late 15c., echoic of bees and other insects. Aviation sense of "fly low and close" is by 1941 (see buzz (n.)). Related: Buzzed; buzzing. Buzz off (1914) originally meant "to ring off on the telephone," from the use of buzzers to signal a call or message on old systems. As a command, it originally would have been telling someone to get off the line.
"a busy rumour" [Rowe], 1620s (earlier "a fancy," c.1600), figurative use from buzz (v.). Literal sense of "humming sound" is from 1640s. A "buzz" was the characteristic sound of an airplane in early 20c.; hence verbal sense "to fly swiftly," by 1928; by 1940 especially in military use, "to fly low over a surface as a warning signal" (e.g. that target practice is about to begin):
The patrol aircraft shall employ the method of warning known as "buzzing" which consists of low flight by the airplane and repeated opening and closing of the throttle. [1941 Supplement to the Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America," Chap. II, Corps of Engineers, War Department, p. 3434, etc. ]
Meaning "pleasant sense of intoxication" first recorded 1935. The children's game of counting off with 7 or multiples of it replaced by buzz is attested from 1864 and is mentioned in "Little Women" (1868). To give (someone) a buzz (by 1922) is from the buzz that announced a call on old telephone systems.