Definition of buzz in US English:

buzz

noun

  • 1A low, continuous humming or murmuring sound, made by or similar to that made by an insect.

    ‘the buzz of the bees’
    ‘a buzz of conversation’
    • ‘He listened to the buzz of the insects, the gentle rhythmic accompaniment of the sea.’
    • ‘The dining hall was alive with the buzz of laughter and conversation.’
    • ‘A continuous buzz of black flies haloed their heads.’
    • ‘Once in a while, a heart-rending cry would pierce the buzz of conversation.’
    • ‘Finally, the maddening buzz of the insects and their sting won out and Miri shook herself, wiping her hands over her body to remove the mosquitoes attacking her.’
    • ‘The only sounds were the crackling of the fire and the buzz of nocturnal insects waking up.’
    • ‘However, due to the bar at the back of the room, the constant buzz of conversation was distracting at times.’
    • ‘The buzz of insects and the musical chirping of grasshoppers filled the air.’
    • ‘Over the sound of the surf I could hear vague shouts and laughter behind me, and the low buzz of many conversations: the beach was filling up.’
    • ‘And in Diepkloof, in the midst of the continuous buzz and hum of the crowds, is a small, quiet spot.’
    • ‘There was a kind of green silence to our clearing, interrupted only by the sleepy buzz of insects and the occasional hymn from a passing bird.’
    • ‘Dialogue had to be carefully picked out from among the buzz of insects and neighbours chatting.’
    • ‘I could hear a buzz of echoing conversation as I neared the door.’
    • ‘Then, from somewhere nearby, seemingly above the everyday sounds of the street, came the insect buzz of a tiny motor.’
    • ‘The dining room was carpeted, and there was a quiet buzz of conversation from the other guests.’
    • ‘There was a buzz of conversation, a rustling of toffee papers, a feel of expectancy.’
    • ‘Instantly the Country air rushed in, carrying the smell of hay and the buzz of little insects.’
    • ‘In the background, cameras whirred like demented bluebottles, adding their drone to the low buzz of conversation.’
    • ‘The monotonous buzz of bees and wasps is familiar to most Southerners, and the insects' stings can be quite painful.’
    • ‘I was about to lose myself to a dream, when there was a sudden swell, a growing buzz, like bees singing Bach.’
    hum, humming, buzzing, murmur, drone, whir, whirring, fizz, fizzing, fuzz, hiss, singing, whisper
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    1. 1.1 The sound of a buzzer or telephone.
      • ‘The buzz of an alarm clock sounded through the room.’
      • ‘The buzz of telephones and fax machines fills Lauren's head as she attempts to peruse an investment project put to her by Jake.’
      • ‘Ironically, she would always find her eyes opening up the moment she heard her alarm clock buzz.’
      • ‘‘It's time to get up,’ a smooth voice said, barely carrying over the loud buzz of the alarm.’
      • ‘Jem's words are cut off by the buzz of Olivia's telephone, and Olivia presses the speaker button.’
      • ‘He actually felt quite relieved when a buzz sounded at the door; it signaled a little extra help, whether they knew it yet or not.’
      • ‘When the telephone rang, a loud long electronic buzz, everyone flinched, and Danny almost jumped out of his chair.’
      • ‘The loud buzz of the alarm was the only thing that could awaken me.’
      • ‘I dialled the number and sat listening to the buzzes that represented rings.’
      • ‘Suddenly all the indicators began flashing an angry red and several alarms signals went off at once creating a loud cacophony of buzzes, sirens and wails.’
      • ‘I heard the buzz that signaled for me to open the door and I smiled smugly as I walked in.’
      • ‘Nicole's alarm clock went off that morning with a resounding buzz that seemed louder than usual.’
      • ‘A little intimidated, I rang, and on hearing a buzz, went up the carpeted stairs.’
      • ‘We were confronted by an almost Martian environment of stark rock in a wide assortment of hues and a silence completely unnatural to our modern world of beeps, buzzes and designer cell phone rings.’
      • ‘Kei groaned as for the third time that morning his hand sleepily fumbled in an attempt to silence the irritating buzz of the battery alarm clock.’
      • ‘For sound effects there's a lot of futuristic beeps and buzzes, electrical tones, and the like.’
      • ‘I soon determine that the annoying buzz is coming from the pink alarm clock that lay next to me on the nightstand.’
      • ‘The familiar buzz that had rang for the 8 years that she had been at the military academy to nudge her awake did so.’
      • ‘Some people wanted a secure financial future, one wanted to be a role model, almost everyone wanted to escape the irritating buzz of the alarm clock every weekday morning.’
      • ‘The annoying buzz of my alarm clock awoke me from my dreamless sleep.’
      audible warning, purr, purring, ring, ringing, note, tone, beep, bleep, meep, warble, signal, alarm, alert
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    2. 1.2informal A telephone call.
      ‘I'll give you a buzz’
      • ‘Give me a buzz tomorrow if you'd like and I can go over the details with you.’
      • ‘I might give her a buzz tomorrow to see what the deal is.’
      • ‘If you need help debugging it, you're more than welcome to give me a buzz tomorrow.’
      phone call, telephone call, call, ring
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    3. 1.3informal A rumor.
      ‘the buzz is that he's in big trouble’
      • ‘The good news is that the buzz has been positive.’
      • ‘How does a really good reporter deal with internet buzz?’
      • ‘The buzz is that the film promises a lot of thrills and adventure.’
      • ‘‘It's not unusual for those stories to be the buzz in Italy, I'm told,’ he says.’
      • ‘I would like to bring to the Speaker's attention the talk on the streets - the ‘goss’, the buzz.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the continuing buzz among sports agents is that he would like to reclaim the organization from the clutches of the corporation.’
      • ‘But the recent buzz has primarily been about her new relationship with her costar.’
      • ‘And you know - you know the buzz about broadcast news, that it's on the decline.’
      • ‘Some prefer our saw chain blades and others prefer the rotary blade, however, the buzz is that some of our competitors think the chainsaw is passé.’
      • ‘We heard the negative buzz, and cancelled any immediate plans to do any more on the movie.’
      • ‘The buzz is that the engagement of the happy couple has hit a few bumps and, after reportedly tense holidays spent at their house, wedding plans may have been put on hold.’
      • ‘In circles where it really matters, the buzz is that she is extremely upset with her brother now, over the trailers getting snipped off.’
      rumour, gossip, story, word, report, whisper, speculation, insinuation, suggestion, hint
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    4. 1.4 An atmosphere of excitement and activity.
      ‘there is a real buzz about the place’
      • ‘A friendly Russian night club where the combination of music, people and atmosphere creates an exciting buzz.’
      • ‘She took me for the most scenic route, via the Chinatown market, which was a buzz of activity, being a friday night.’
      • ‘I'm grateful to him and to everybody else who has helped make the club what it is today, a thriving club which has given the city a real buzz.’
      • ‘‘We're having a really great day; the weather is amazing and there's a real buzz,’ she said.’
      • ‘There has been a real buzz surrounding the event and our participants just cannot wait to dive in and raise some cash for charity.’
      • ‘But despite its theme the Belfry is not quite a place for quiet contemplation, especially on weekend nights, when there is a real buzz to the place.’
      • ‘But anywhere else, the general buzz of the atmosphere would have sustained the crowd.’
      • ‘It's quite quiet - people are going about their business, but the usual buzz of tourist activity has slackened a bit.’
      • ‘We are hopeful that the programme of activities planned for the day will create a tremendous buzz and excitement in Kilkeel.’
      • ‘In both venues the arrival of the bunny and other ‘characters’ created a real buzz of excitement.’
      • ‘We find it very exciting and it has created a real buzz in the office.’
      • ‘The buildings are tall and elegant, and the atmosphere has a certain buzz - you just know that important things are happening all around you.’
      • ‘But l also wanted to be downtown where there's activity and a buzz in the air.’
      • ‘There is an air of optimism around the city, a real buzz and a great sense that you are achieving things that many ‘southern’ cynics thought would not be possible.’
      • ‘On the night we visited, the fire was crackling in the grate and there was a nice buzz to the atmosphere - busy but not packed.’
      • ‘Several people commented on the real buzz of excitement they felt as they entered the auditorium.’
      • ‘Fellow diners created a laid back atmosphere but with a real buzz.’
      • ‘With temperatures of up to 25 degrees the whole city is a buzz of activity and there is a real carnival atmosphere everywhere.’
      • ‘The town is staging its annual bugs festival and there is a real buzz of excitement in the community.’
      • ‘Spring fever is on its way and with it all, the buzz of gardening activities from the two legged creatures as well as those with many more legs.’
    5. 1.5informal A feeling of excitement or euphoria.
      ‘I got such a buzz out of seeing the kids' faces’
      • ‘I knew it would be hard but I was genuinely excited and got a real buzz from the fact the education authority had asked me to try to sort things out.’
      • ‘My smoking buzz is so strong that I cannot walk without flailing about dangerously.’
      • ‘In fact, the motivations behind body modification are closely linked with those of smokers and skydivers, who get addicted to the pleasurable adrenaline buzz.’
      • ‘But shark-feeding dives - where divers get bumped by huge Caribbean reef sharks - are the ultimate buzz for thrill-seekers.’
      • ‘We go on funfair rides, drive fast cars, ride motorbikes, climb highest summits, take part in dangerous sports - all basically for a thrill, a buzz.’
      • ‘‘I get a real buzz out of the thought that you can help somebody by doing something like this,’ he said.’
      • ‘I've got a real buzz from the high sense of achievement I feel.’
      • ‘If you become a ‘toker’, as time goes on, you'll seek out stronger weed as the buzz becomes less prevalent.’
      • ‘It really is my passion and it gives me a real buzz.’
      • ‘Everyone in Thailand seemed to sell trips, and without fail got a real buzz from bargaining and offering ‘good price’.’
      • ‘Most of us did not feel a thing, not even the expected buzz typical of most stimulants.’
      • ‘She said: ‘Once you have overcome your initial embarrassment, it gives you a real buzz.’’
      • ‘She waited for the buzz of tequila to kick in or the stage to improve but neither happened.’
      • ‘But at therapeutic dose levels, there should not be a perceived buzz or euphoric effect.’
      • ‘It's something we've been aiming at all year and certainly now, the buzz does begin to kick in a bit more.’
      • ‘I just loved performing even then and got a real buzz from it.’
      • ‘Any any event, that little buzz of pleasure I get whenever Australia is playing is about to hit.’
      • ‘Every sense and trained alarm was ringing full force and the lovely buzz that the liquor had induced was nothing more than a painful distraction.’
      • ‘I get a great buzz and a great thrill every time he rides for me.’
      • ‘But when I get behind the wheel of a powerbeat, I just put my foot down - I get a real buzz!’
      thrill, feeling of excitement, feeling of euphoria, stimulation, glow, tingle
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    6. 1.6informal A general sense of excitement about or interest in someone or something, as reflected in or generated by media coverage or word of mouth.
      ‘they created a huge buzz with their latest album’
      ‘the film has already generated a lot of buzz in the industry’
      • ‘Samples to station deejays are expected to create even more buzz.’
      • ‘The goal of the ad is to stimulate conversations and social media buzz.’
      • ‘It wasn't exactly the most exciting accidental product leak, so its outing didn't generate much buzz.’
      • ‘There are some sequels that create such buzz and excitement that their initial opening is sometimes more thrilling than the movie itself.’
      • ‘There's been huge buzz around this movie and huge buzz around this girl.’
      • ‘He responds with a pitch perfect performance that really justifies all the media buzz about a potential Best Actor Oscar nomination.’
      • ‘Various art projects throughout the state of Wisconsin are also generating a buzz.’
      • ‘This Irish trio created a buzz across the pond in 2000 with their self-titled debut.’
      • ‘All the critics were in love, and the show was creating a major buzz.’
      • ‘It's quite possible the song has been strategically released online to generate buzz, but does it really matter?’
      • ‘All the buzz surrounding this band seems a little suspect, perhaps even artificial.’
      • ‘The movie directed by Ben Affleck is generating Oscar buzz.’
      • ‘Aside from generating buzz, the free newsletter has garnered some tangible benefits for the company.’
      • ‘Expertly paced trailers released over the past few months revealed nothing, and unannounced screenings in select cities created more buzz.’
      • ‘Press releases are very often filled with a plethora of superlatives and not always so clever comparisons, aimed at creating a buzz, sometimes over nothing.’
      • ‘There's a real buzz about Morocco at the moment.’
      • ‘There's a real buzz about these awards which are shaping up to be the music event of the year.’
      • ‘The escalating buzz surrounding the picture since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year would not be nearly as persistent were the film not so undeniably good.’
      • ‘Many consumers' reviews did a better job than advertising and marketing to build buzz.’
      • ‘Yet big name chefs are no longer enough to generate the needed media buzz and customer attention in such a booming market.’

verb

[no object]
  • 1Make a humming sound.

    ‘mosquitoes were buzzing all around us’
    • ‘The sounds buzzed slightly and worked around in her head, sleep clawed at her eyes painfully as Samantha sat up and rubbed the last remnants of a dream from them.’
    • ‘The house nearly buzzed from the sound of their chattering.’
    • ‘Hordes of mosquitoes and flies buzzed around us.’
    • ‘For the most part, the sound is vintage electric Chicago blues, employing a raw two-guitar attack that buzzes with the dirty sound of overworked amps and blown speakers.’
    • ‘The auditorium continued to buzz with bored voices and only quieted when he'd tapped on the cone-shaped contraption in front of him.’
    • ‘It continued to buzz for some time and eventually Lazarus got sick of it, slamming his fist onto the answer button.’
    • ‘The brush lining our path buzzed with the sounds of ten thousand winged neighbors exchanging the morning news.’
    • ‘Bands of mosquitoes buzzed on the netting around my face.’
    • ‘I was awakened at about 12: 30 AM by the annoying sound of a mosquito buzzing around my head.’
    • ‘He paused to shoo away some mosquitoes buzzing about her neck, ‘I just wish that you could know.’’
    • ‘Now that the mosquitoes are buzzing again I want something to reduce the threat of West Nile Virus.’
    • ‘There was nothing more annoying in the entire universe than the sound of a mosquito buzzing around near your ear.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a loud whirring sound buzzed by his left window.’
    • ‘The voice continued to buzz at her in her clouded brain.’
    • ‘It was so hot, and there was a mosquito buzzing around my head.’
    • ‘The generators which had been powerless now were buzzing and singing full of energy.’
    • ‘The sound buzzed throughout the room, but the general didn't seem to mind.’
    • ‘Last night the news helicopters on the West Coast were buzzing like mosquitoes.’
    • ‘A million and one different sounds buzzed around them.’
    • ‘His radio buzzed with the sound of a voice over static.’
    hum, drone, bumble, whir, fizz, fuzz, hiss, sing, murmur, whisper
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    1. 1.1often as noun buzzing (of the ears) be filled with a humming sound.
      ‘I remember a buzzing in my ears’
      • ‘His ears buzzed with anticipation of the fear that that clawed at the surface of his mind, daring to break loose and cause pandemonium upon all common sense and knowledge.’
      • ‘My ears buzzed in the sudden absence of noise: harsh breathing, sobs, quiet and comforting words.’
      • ‘The glass shut out most of the noise and left my ears buzzing again.’
      • ‘Oh, and before all that you get paranormal phenomena for a few days and ear buzzing, as kind of a preamble.’
      • ‘It should make your ears buzz so that you can't hold a conversation without yelling for a few hours after the show.’
      • ‘The misty scene disappeared, I found out that I could breathe again, and my ears were buzzing like crazy.’
      • ‘With my left ear painlessly buzzing in its temporary deafness and the roof of my mouth lightly seared and tasting like steak, I retired for the evening.’
      • ‘The longer his fingers lingered on her skin his ears buzzed with awareness.’
      • ‘The room was so quiet that my ears buzzed a little.’
      • ‘My ears buzz, my eyes well up, saliva builds up in my mouth until it drips down my chin.’
      • ‘The music was beginning to make her ears buzz, and a small pain in her neck started to grow into a full fledged migraine.’
      • ‘The air would take on a static charge, and you'd be able to hear your own ears buzzing.’
      • ‘Her ears still buzzed from listening to her walkman on the way to school.’
      • ‘The guy who wanted to sue because his ears were buzzing after a rock concert is a ridiculous example, but it shows the way people are thinking.’
      • ‘Kaleb's ears buzzed as if two angry bees found their way into them.’
      • ‘Virginia's ears buzzed uncontrollably, and her head slammed against the carriage's wooden wall behind her.’
      • ‘Neither of the two senshi spoke during that time and the silence made Cathy's ears buzz.’
      • ‘His body was cold with sweat, and his ears were still buzzing.’
      • ‘After a long day, and with our ears buzzing, we were all starving.’
      • ‘My ears were buzzing, my head was pounding, people were screaming.’
    2. 1.2 Signal to someone with a buzzer.
      with object ‘he buzzed the stewardesses every five minutes’
      ‘the electric bell began to buzz for closing time’
      • ‘The intercom buzzes and the Admiral's secretary announces the arrival of a final guest.’
      • ‘Agatha used the intercom to buzz what she called ‘servant headquarters’ and ordered two maids to come down.’
      • ‘Throughout the day Jason wrestles with his essay but rarely manages to tackle it for any length of time before the intercom buzzes again.’
      • ‘As their lips met, the intercom behind them buzzed.’
      • ‘As soon as she starts to relax, the intercom buzzes on her desk and she presses the ‘receive’ button with a polished fingernail.’
      • ‘‘The principal wants to talk to you,’ the lady said, Jo nodded as the lady buzzed in the intercom.’
      • ‘Christine, his father's secretary buzzed through on the intercom.’
      • ‘Lipton had barely entered his office when the intercom buzzed.’
      • ‘Just when I thought I'd have to maul someone to eat, the intercom buzzed.’
      • ‘The intercom buzzed and I proceeded to jump three feet in the opposite direction.’
      • ‘The intercom beside the door buzzed and came to life.’
      • ‘Driving past a guard booth or getting buzzed up via intercom - what's the difference?’
      • ‘Jamie's intercom buzzed again and he picked up the receiver.’
      • ‘I had just finished garnishing two bagels with cream cheese when the gate's intercom buzzed.’
      • ‘He was in the process of updating his log when the intercom buzzed.’
      • ‘The intercom buzzed, and Max let Jared inside the building.’
      • ‘The apartment intercom buzzed and Hannah went to answer it.’
      • ‘While he was in the middle of the lecture, the intercom buzzed.’
      • ‘The intercom buzzes suddenly, drawing me away from the song.’
      • ‘The intercom on his desk buzzed, reminding him that in ten minutes he had to conduct yet another execution.’
      purr, sound, reverberate, ring, beep, bleep, warble
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    3. 1.3informal with object Make a telephone call to (someone).
      • ‘We wait while she buzzes someone and tells them she has an emergency out front.’
      • ‘A woman, of Clacton police, said: ‘A man buzzed her saying he was from the gas board and wanted to read her meter.’’
      • ‘But I was just getting ready to meet Caren - they were going to buzz me, and we were going in their car.’
      • ‘She was typing with a phone at her ear when Josie buzzed her.’
      • ‘I tried to message her or buzz her but then she disappeared offline.’
      • ‘They know they can buzz us if they want assistance.’
      • ‘He must also contend with a house phone on which the chef buzzes him with a Wagnerian ring, as insistent as the Doomsday trumps.’
      • ‘If anyone wants lunch in the city this week, buzz me.’
      • ‘The magazine buzzed him in his L.A. hotel room and chatted about the new film, the band's score and the art of updating soundtracks.’
      • ‘When I got back, I buzzed Rory to see what everybody wanted to do for lunch.’
      • ‘He buzzes his secretary and announces he's taking a two week vacation to spend with his kids.’
      • ‘Sign up, and the likes of Brad will buzz you Thanksgiving night and tell you to go to bed.’
      • ‘He buzzed his assistant and she brought in the new holo posters, already on display that very day in all of HI's Los Angeles holotheaters.’
      • ‘He knocks on my door, he comes down, he buzzes me on the phone, ‘Is there anything I can do to help?’’
      • ‘She buzzed him and informed him of our presence.’
      • ‘He doesn't have long to simmer over this conversation before his secretary buzzes him again.’
      phone, call, get someone on the phone, get on the phone to, get, reach, dial, make a call to, place a call to
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  • 2with adverbial of direction Move quickly or busily.

    ‘she buzzed along the highway back into town’
    • ‘You buzz along, but around clouds and large island landmasses, it feels as though you are being dangled on a piece of string, jerked by an unseen, teasing hand on the updraughts and winds.’
    • ‘It really keeps life interesting and refreshes you so you can buzz along at top speed at school come Monday.’
    • ‘Not low enough and they buzzed around, tearing each other apart before being released from 1,000 feet.’
    • ‘The drums plod along intently, keyboards ping and buzz about.’
    • ‘Birds twittered, flying here and there for food, buzzing around the party of travellers as they moved on, towards the horizon.’
    • ‘One, Lindsey, was very quiet and helpful when asked questions by the many Montana Highway Patrol officers buzzing around.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the man, buzzing along on cigarettes and coffee, is also mapping his immortality on the World Wide Web.’
    • ‘The four shuttles quickly lifted off and buzzed back toward Base-One, leaving the marines to move out.’
    • ‘I wanted to avoid main roads but at times Stevenson's route lay along these, where the cars buzzed by like rare insects.’
    • ‘Once you get it moving on a motorway, though, it buzzes along with aplomb.’
    • ‘One is much less likely to consider the possible choices and decisions made as they buzz by quickly.’
    • ‘Moving from Libra into Scorpius on the 20th, Mars buzzes past the arc of three stars known as the Crown of the Scorpion.’
    • ‘She was buzzing along at mound height plus 500 feet and flew directly over me as if she knew I was there, which, of course, was impossible.’
    • ‘They buzz around loudly on their motorcycles, terrorizing the citizenry with their dreadful lack of manners.’
    • ‘Cars buzzed by busily on the roads, but Drew paid no notice.’
    • ‘Some of her visual material comes from the architects but much is her own, shot as she buzzes around the world curating exhibitions.’
    • ‘In an hour I had vacated the box I called home and was buzzing along in my Camry.’
    • ‘We've been busily buzzing around the city on weekends, perusing the papers and walking around the city, looking at potential apartments.’
    • ‘I buzzed along, happy as happy, enjoying the drive for once.’
    • ‘We had to wait a little too long to be seated, and even longer to be served, but once our overworked waitress finally arrived everything started buzzing along nicely.’
    bustle, scurry, scuttle, scramble, scamper, flutter, fuss
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    1. 2.1Aeronautics informal with object Fly very close to (another aircraft, the ground, etc.) at high speed.
      • ‘Each C - 47 brought its human cargo over the heart of Paris and buzzed the Eiffel Tower.’
      • ‘I say reasonably quiet, because about five minutes after I came back, I got buzzed by an F17.’
      • ‘He asked if I was the pilot that was under arrest for buzzing Jones Beach and I said yes.’
      • ‘A year earlier F16s had failed to intercept a Cessna light aircraft that deviated from course, and buzzed the White House.’
      • ‘I turned just in time to see a supersonic jet disappear again, after buzzing us from 200 feet.’
  • 3(of a place) have an air of excitement or purposeful activity.

    ‘the club is buzzing with excitement’
    • ‘It is a new, all-on-one-level bingo hall full of people of all ages and buzzing with atmosphere, which we have lost here at the Rialto.’
    • ‘The festival, launched four years ago, has gone from strength and the town will be buzzing with activity for the next two weeks.’
    • ‘In five years time the laneways could be buzzing with activity.’
    • ‘The blogosphere naturally is buzzing with good commentary about this issue.’
    • ‘The site is buzzing with activity as hundreds of workers pull out all the stops to get the centre ready for opening day.’
    • ‘It's the holidays, and things are buzzing with human activity, in a usually deserted sort of way.’
    • ‘For three days and nights Florence will be buzzing with ideas and activity.’
    • ‘The snow had turned to slush in the streets that were buzzing with the usual activities.’
    • ‘There were tractors ploughing the soil, many of the shrubs had been uprooted and it was buzzing with activity.’
    • ‘The halls were buzzing with activity per usual, but he didn't comprehend any of it.’
    • ‘The stadium was buzzing with excitement as the competitors were paraded.’
    • ‘Fifteen minutes later, the rooms were buzzing with excitement.’
    • ‘Since then, the shrine has been buzzing with religious and social activities.’
    • ‘Constantly chattering over each other, the vast room is buzzing with an infectious excitement.’
    • ‘I crossed the threshold and re-entered the house, which was buzzing with undying activity.’
    • ‘Great Victoria Street was buzzing with young people in stylish clothes after the opera and bars and restaurants were bursting at the seams.’
    • ‘The rest of the school was buzzing with excitement, but Alexandra hid her tears behind her books.’
    • ‘We make suitably enthusiastic noises to the owners, and depart, buzzing with excitement.’
    • ‘By mid-morning, the trimmed green field in front of the fenced-in prison should be buzzing with activity.’
    • ‘Seven minutes later, we were in front of said school, which was lit up and buzzing with excitement.’
    have an air of
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    1. 3.1 (of a person's mind or head) be filled with excited or confused thoughts.
      ‘her mind was buzzing with ideas’
      • ‘They were really buzzing and really pleased to see us.’
      • ‘Michael's head was still buzzing from his so-called lectures.’
      • ‘However it may not be the tutor who's making their heads buzz, but the thought of taking their first step on the property ladder.’
      • ‘We were ready to go on the first tee in the afternoon and we were buzzing.’
      • ‘His head was still buzzing; he couldn't believe what was happening to him.’
      • ‘His mind was buzzing, full with images of black boats on dark lochs and shadows flitting through trees.’
      • ‘I was buzzing to play and then everything went wrong.’
      • ‘My head was buzzing, and I kept gasping for air against his lips.’
      • ‘I was still buzzing by the time I got home and couldn't sleep as my brain ticked over with excitement.’
      • ‘My legs were sore and my head was still buzzing from the music.’
      • ‘For some reason I was really buzzing, I was at a fair, I hadn't been to one since the River Festival almost a year previous.’
      • ‘I was buzzing, bubbling, and hyperactive as I anticipated what was to follow.’
      • ‘I emerge buzzing from the Champagne three hours later.’
      • ‘Except for the fact that her head was still buzzing.’
      • ‘His mind buzzes with ideas about history, technology, art theory, politics, global cultural trends, and more.’
      • ‘My mind was buzzing, but my outward appearance looked dead.’
      • ‘The Bradford fighter is buzzing as he counts down the hours to the fight that will make or break his bid to crack boxing's elite.’
      • ‘I'm still buzzing from that Challenge Cup (victory this year).’
      • ‘After receiving my award I am absolutely buzzing.’
      • ‘I didn't know what to do with myself after the show, I was buzzing, on edge, frantic.’
      • ‘So I'm at work, and really need to get into gear because I have so much to do that my mind is buzzing.’
      • ‘I understood why that was done, but I was buzzing at the time.’
      • ‘My head was buzzing, the screen was only the way I saw my uncle.’
      • ‘I understand your points, and although my head buzzes trying to take each sentence in, I'm taking it on board.’
      • ‘My head was buzzing, filled with the memories of our night together.’
      • ‘If you win, you're buzzing and everyone is hyper and bouncing around the place like a bunch of kids in the playground.’
      • ‘In fact, the players are buzzing at the moment and I am looking forward to getting them back to business.’
      • ‘My head was buzzing as I tried to put myself to sleep using the familiar sound of Julian's heartbeat.’
      • ‘Having skipped the end of term bop to sleep, I didn't manage a single hour; my mind was buzzing.’
      • ‘‘It would've taken a lot out of me if I'd lost, but I'm buzzing,’ said White.’
      • ‘My head was still buzzing from the previous night's antics but something was nagging away at me, something deep inside that I was supposed to remember.’
      • ‘I came out buzzing, wishing I had the soundtrack to play in the car.’
      • ‘I just wanted to re-establish myself and I was buzzing whenever I played.’
      • ‘My legs just refused to work and my head was buzzing.’
      • ‘I am buzzing for Nathan as he is my best mate at the club.’
      • ‘This time last year I was buzzing, and I'm not now.’
      • ‘The consequence is that now I too hate skirting boards, even ones that sat there at half five this morning gleaming with a sort of buzzing early morning brilliance while my head buzzed with lack of sleep.’
      • ‘Beyond the tousled hair and sexily dishevelled clothes they're buzzing, too.’
      • ‘Sophie's mind was buzzing, how much had he heard?’
      • ‘But his head was buzzing - he could still hear Kai's voice inside his mind, repeating itself over and over.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • buzz off

    • often in imperativeGo away.

      • ‘Foreign observers were first of all to be banned, but the tiny number that eventually made it could only descend on the polling booth for a nano-second before buzzing off.’
      • ‘He lost radio control on the last flight after the radio battery on the aircraft had been shaken out, and watched in horror as his creation buzzed off in the direction of Addingham.’
      • ‘No matter who's got you all in a tizzy, sometimes you just want to blow a gasket and tell them all to just buzz off.’
      • ‘How can you say buzz off to me after all you said just now?’
      • ‘Now kindly buzz off because I have serious work to do and this discussion cannot be productive of anything except raising my blood pressure.’
      • ‘Can't you just buzz off and bother someone else that's dumb enough to listen to you?’
      • ‘Then we say: ‘Please give us your money, and give us your assets, then buzz off and let us manage and run them for you.’’
      • ‘Did you get the feeling she's telling us to buzz off?’
      • ‘I wish it would buzz off, but it looks as if we are stuck with choice.’
      • ‘No sooner have you joined up than you're buzzing off again.’
      • ‘These features include the ability to zero in and land precisely on a potato chip and then flap their wings to buzz off with blazing speed.’
      • ‘The best policy is probably to do nothing; an airline that actually took advantage of the provisions of the contracts with its passengers, and told them to buzz off, wouldn't be in business for very long.’
      • ‘Tom belongs to Katie so buzz off and mind your own beeswax.’
      • ‘Brandon how many times do I have to tell you to buzz off?’
      • ‘And you can all buzz off and get lost if you don't believe me.’
      • ‘Belatedly, Charlotte came up with an offer of a new building, but with one, ultimately fruitless, stipulation - that the twosome buzzed off in favour of new owners.’
      • ‘‘No, not true,’ I say, wishing he'd buzz off outside again and leave me to it.’
      • ‘‘Aaron, buzz off,’ Eric said to his older brother.’
      • ‘Yeah, and I don't like people touching her, so buzz off, okay?’
      • ‘He also has a great scene when his foster sister tells him to buzz off, an argument which degenerates into a furious row about who looked after who in the foster home.’
      go away, depart, leave, take off, get out, get out of my sight
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Origin

Late Middle English: imitative.

Pronunciation

buzz

/bəz//bəz/