1 [buhz-erd]
any of several broad-winged, soaring hawks of the genus Buteo and allied genera, especially B. buteo, of Europe.
any of several New World vultures of the family Cathartidae, especially the turkey vulture.
Slang. a contemptible or cantankerous person (often preceded by old ): That old buzzard has lived in the same shack for twenty years.
Obsolete. senseless; stupid.

1250–1300; Middle English busard < Old French, variant of buisard, equivalent to buis(on) buzzard (< Latin būteōn-, stem of būteō kind of hawk) + -ard -ard

buzzardlike, adjective
buzzardly, adjective, adverb Unabridged


2 [buhz-erd]
noun British Dialect.
any of various nocturnal buzzing insects, as cockchafers.

1645–55; buzz1 + -ard Unabridged
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buzzard (ˈbʌzəd)
1.  honey buzzard Compare turkey buzzard any diurnal bird of prey of the genus Buteo, typically having broad wings and tail and a soaring flight: family Accipitridae (hawks, etc)
2.  a mean or cantankerous person
[C13: from Old French buisard, variant of buison buzzard, from Latin būteō hawk, falcon]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. buisart "buzzard, harrier, inferior hawk," from buson, buison, from L. buteonem, acc. of buteo a kind of hawk, perhaps with -art suffix for one that carries on some action or possesses some quality, with derogatory connotation (see -ard).
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Example sentences
Since he was repulsive and had buzzard breath, he needed all the help he could get.
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