For the verb: "to buzz"
|Present Participle: ||buzzing|
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
buzz1 /bʌz/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- a low, humming sound, as of bees or machinery:The buzz of the machinery stopped suddenly.
- lively or excited activity:the buzz in the room before class.
- Informal TermsInformal. a phone call: I'll give you a buzz tonight.
- Slang Termsa feeling of happiness caused by slight drinking;
pleasant intoxication:a slight buzz from the beer.
- to (cause to) make a low, vibrating, humming sound: [no object]The flies buzzed in the barnyard.[~ + object]The fly buzzed its wings.
- to be filled with such a sound, as a room:[no object]The dining hall buzzed with excitement.
- [no object] to whisper;
gossip: The town is buzzing about the scandal.
- to move busily from place to place:[no object]He buzzed around town.
- to signal or summon with a buzzer: She buzzed her secretary.
- Informal Terms[~[ + object] Informal. to make a phone call to:Is it OK if I buzz you tonight?
- [~ + object] to fly a plane very low over: to buzz a stadium.
- Slang Termsbuzz off , [no object] Slang. to go;
leave:told him to buzz off.
(buz),USA pronunciation n.
- a low, vibrating, humming sound, as of bees, machinery, or people talking.
- a rumor or report.
- Informal Termsa phone call:When I find out, I'll give you a buzz.
- Slang Terms
- a feeling of intense enthusiasm, excitement, or exhilaration:I got a terrific buzz from those Pacific sunsets.
- a feeling of slight intoxication.
- Slang Termshave or get a buzz on, to be slightly intoxicated:After a few beers they all had a buzz on.
- to make a low, vibrating, humming sound.
- to speak or murmur with such a sound.
- to be filled with the sound of buzzing or whispering:The room buzzed.
- to whisper;
gossip:Everyone is buzzing about the scandal.
- to move busily from place to place.
- Slang Termsto go;
leave (usually fol. by off or along):I'll buzz along now. Tell him to buzz off and leave me alone.
- 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 secretary.
- Informal Termsto 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.
(buz),USA pronunciation n. [Slang.]
- 1350–1400; Middle English busse; imitative
- a man's very short haircut;
- origin, originally uncertain
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
buzz /bʌz/ n
- 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
- slang a pleasant sensation, as from a drug such as cannabis
- a sense of excitement; kick
Etymology: 16th Century: of imitative originˈbuzzing n , adj
- (intransitive) to make a vibrating sound like that of a prolonged z
- (intransitive) to talk or gossip with an air of excitement or urgency: the town buzzed with the news
- (transitive) to utter or spread (a rumour)
- (intransitive) often followed by about: to move around quickly and busily; bustle
- (transitive) to signal or summon with a buzzer
- (transitive) informal to call by telephone
- (transitive) informal 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
- (transitive) (esp of insects) to make a buzzing sound with (wings, etc)
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