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buzz1

[buhz] /bʌz/
noun
1.
a low, vibrating, humming sound, as of bees, machinery, or people talking.
2.
a rumor or report.
3.
Informal. a phone call:
When I find out, I'll give you a buzz.
4.
Slang.
  1. a feeling of intense enthusiasm, excitement, or exhilaration:
    I got a terrific buzz from those Pacific sunsets.
  2. a feeling of slight intoxication.
verb (used without object)
5.
to make a low, vibrating, humming sound.
6.
to speak or murmur with such a sound.
7.
to be filled with the sound of buzzing or whispering:
The room buzzed.
8.
to whisper; gossip:
Everyone is buzzing about the scandal.
9.
to move busily from place to place.
10.
Slang. to go; leave (usually followed by off or along):
I'll buzz along now. Tell him to buzz off and leave me alone.
verb (used with object)
11.
to make a buzzing sound with:
The fly buzzed its wings.
12.
to tell or spread (a rumor, gossip, etc.) secretively.
13.
to signal or summon with a buzzer:
He buzzed his secretary.
14.
Informal. to make a phone call to.
15.
Aeronautics.
  1. to fly a plane very low over:
    to buzz a field.
  2. to signal or greet (someone) by flying a plane low and slowing the motor spasmodically.
Idioms
16.
have / get a buzz on, Slang. to be slightly intoxicated:
After a few beers they all had a buzz on.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English busse; imitative
Related forms
buzzingly, adverb
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Examples for buzzed
  • It buzzed around the room, beak pressed to the white roof.
  • Planes and patrol vessels from both sides buzzed around the disputed areas.
  • He was totally bald, although he had buzzed his hair off himself, since he was going to go bald anyway.
  • Helicopters buzzed the scattered herds of deer to keep them moving.
  • The crowd buzzed with jittery excitement, as they always do when it experiences a knockdown.
  • As scores of other officers swarmed the site, helicopters buzzed overhead.
  • News of the almond carrots buzzed in the dining room.
  • The surrounding, elevated galleries buzzed with special guests and members of the public.
  • When buzzed in, enter the lobby and take the elevator to the third floor.
  • The only critters biting were the mosquitoes that buzzed incessantly around their heads.
British Dictionary definitions for buzzed

buzz

/bʌz/
noun
1.
a rapidly vibrating humming sound, as that of a prolonged z or of a bee in flight
2.
a low sound, as of many voices in conversation
3.
a rumour; report; gossip
4.
(informal) a telephone call I'll give you a buzz
5.
(slang)
  1. a pleasant sensation, as from a drug such as cannabis
  2. a sense of excitement; kick
verb
6.
(intransitive) to make a vibrating sound like that of a prolonged z
7.
(intransitive) to talk or gossip with an air of excitement or urgency the town buzzed with the news
8.
(transitive) to utter or spread (a rumour)
9.
(intransitive) often foll by about. to move around quickly and busily; bustle
10.
(transitive) to signal or summon with a buzzer
11.
(transitive) (informal) to call by telephone
12.
(transitive) (informal)
  1. to fly an aircraft very low over (an object) to buzz a ship
  2. to fly an aircraft very close to or across the path of (another aircraft), esp to warn or intimidate
13.
(transitive) (esp of insects) to make a buzzing sound with (wings, etc)
See also buzz in
Derived Forms
buzzing, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for buzzed
buzz
late 15c., echoic of bees and other insects. Aviation sense of "fly low and close" is 1941. Noun meaning "a busy rumor" is attested from c.1600; that of "humming sound" is from 1640s. Meaning "pleasant sense of intoxication" first recorded 1935. The game of counting off, with 7 or multiples of it replaced by buzz is attested from 1864. Buzz off (1914) originally meant "to ring off on the telephone."
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Slang definitions & phrases for buzzed

buzzed

adjective

Intoxicated, esp mildly so; tiddly: Getting a little buzzed on a second Bloody Mary (1950s+)


buzz

noun
  1. A telephone call: I think I'll give the Guided Child abuzz (1910+)
  2. ubject of talk; gossip; rumor: What's the buzz, cuz? (1605+)
  3. feeling or surge of pleasure, esp a pleasant sense of intoxication; high: After two Scotches he got a nice buzz (1935+)
  4. A police squad car (1950s+ Teenagers)
verb
  1. To call someone on the telephone; ring: Why not buzz Eddy for the brawl? (1910+)
  2. To talk; converse: The crowd was buzzing about some pretty raunchy divorces (1832+)
  3. To flatter; court (1900+)
  4. o inform someone in confidence, esp by whispering: You'll buzz me later (1950s+)
  5. To announce one's arrival or summon someone by or as if by sounding a buzzer: Buzz when you want me (1950s+)
  6. To beg (1920s+ Hoboes)
  7. To pilfer; rob; hold up (1812+ Underworld)
  8. To question or investigate someone (1930s+ Police & underworld)
  9. To fly an aircraft alarmingly close to something, esp to the ground •A sense ''to flutter or hover about, over, etc,'' is attested from 1650 (WWII air forces)
  10. To roister drunkenly at: They were all buzzing the bar (WWII armed forces)
  11. Kill; waste: They buzz the kid and her baby? (1990s+ Street gang)

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