buzz

A buzz is a vibrating sound, like the sound a bee makes. Your dog might get nervous in your yard when she hears the buzz of insects.

Buzz can be a noun or a verb: "My doorbell started to buzz like crazy when everyone showed up for my party." You can also talk about a buzz of activity, a low background noise, or describe the way stunt planes buzz the trees, flying very low. You might tell someone to "buzz off" if you're annoyed with them — this began in 1914 as a way to describe hanging up a telephone — or telling someone to hang up.

Primary Meanings of buzz

1.
nv
sound of rapid vibration
make a buzzing sound
2.
vn
be noisy with activity
a confusion of activity and gossip
3.
v
fly low
Full Definitions of buzz
1

n sound of rapid vibration

“the buzz of a bumble bee”
Synonyms:
bombilation, bombination
Type of:
sound
the sudden occurrence of an audible event

v make a buzzing sound

“bees were buzzing around the hive”
Synonyms:
bombilate, bombinate
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v call with a buzzer

“he buzzed the servant”
Type of:
summon
ask to come
2

v be noisy with activity

“This office is buzzing with activity”
Synonyms:
hum, seethe
Types:
pullulate, swarm, teem
be teeming, be abuzz
crawl
be full of
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

n a confusion of activity and gossip

“the buzz of excitement was so great that a formal denial was issued”
Type of:
activity
any specific behavior
3

v fly low

“Planes buzzed the crowds in the square”
Type of:
fly, wing
travel through the air; be airborne

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