verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. buys-ballot's law,
  2. buyup,
  3. buzau,
  4. buzkashi,
  5. buzuki,
  6. buzz bomb,
  7. buzz cut,
  8. buzz in,
  9. buzz off,
  10. buzz phrase


    have/get a buzz on, Slang. to be slightly intoxicated: After a few beers they all had a buzz on.

Origin of buzz

1350–1400; Middle English busse; imitative

Related formsbuzz·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for buzzed

British Dictionary definitions for buzzed



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 callI'll give you a buzz
  1. a pleasant sensation, as from a drug such as cannabis
  2. 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 urgencythe 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
(tr) informal
  1. to fly an aircraft very low over (an object)to buzz a ship
  2. 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

Derived Formsbuzzing, noun, adjective

Word Origin for buzz

C16: of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for buzzed
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