Meaning of “buzz” in the English Dictionary

"buzz" in British English

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buzzverb

uk /bʌz/ us /bʌz/

buzz verb (MAKE SOUND)

C2 [ I ] to make a continuous, low sound such as the one a bee makes:

I can hear something buzzing.

[ I or T ] to press a buzzer in order to get someone's attention:

I buzzed him but there was no answer.
The first person to buzz may answer.

buzz verb (FLY LOW)

[ T ] informal If an aircraft buzzes a place or people, it flies over it or them very low and fast.

Phrasal verb(s)

buzznoun [ S ]

uk /bʌz/ us /bʌz/

(Definition of “buzz” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"buzz" in American English

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buzzverb

us /bʌz/

buzz verb (MAKE SOUND)

[ I/T ] to make a continuous, low sound such as the sound some insects make, or to move quickly while making this sound:

[ I ] Something was buzzing around me as I tried to sleep.

[ I/T ] Someone who buzzes you calls you by using a device that makes a low, continuous sound:

[ T ] All were expected to run, literally, into McLaughlin’s office whenever he buzzed them.

buzz verb (BE FILLED WITH)

[ I ] to be filled with excitement, activity, or sounds:

The place was buzzing with excitement.

buzz noun [ C usually sing ] (MAKE SOUND)

a continuous, low sound:

the buzz of conversation

infml A buzz is also a telephone call:

I’ll give you a buzz early next week.

(Definition of “buzz” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"buzz" in Business English

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buzzverb [ I or T ]

uk /bʌz/ us

to press a buzzer in order to get someone's attention:

I buzzed his office but there was no answer.
If I need to talk to you, I'll buzz.

buzznoun

uk /bʌz/ us

[ S ] MARKETING interested or excited talk about a new product, an event, or a person:

To create a buzz that will spread to potential customers, the product itself should really excite the users.
give sb a buzz

informal COMMUNICATIONS to phone someone:

I'll give you a buzz next week.

(Definition of “buzz” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)