buzzer

[ buhz-er ]
/ ˈbʌz ər /

noun

a person or thing that buzzes.
a signaling apparatus similar to an electric bell but without hammer or gong, producing a buzzing sound by the vibration of an armature.

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Origin of buzzer

First recorded in 1600–10; buzz1 + -er1
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buzzer

/ (ˈbʌzə) /

noun

a person or thing that buzzes
a device that produces a buzzing sound, esp one similar to an electric bell without a hammer or gong
NZ a wood planing machine
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Word Origin and History for buzzer

buzzer


n.

c.1600, "buzzing insect," agent noun from buzz (v.). In reference to mechanical devices that buzz, from 1870 (steam-powered at first; electric mechanisms so called from 1884).

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