Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To make a low droning or vibrating sound like that of a bee.
  • intransitive v. To talk, often excitedly, in low tones.
  • intransitive v. To be abuzz; hum: The department was buzzing with rumors.
  • intransitive v. To move quickly and busily; bustle.
  • intransitive v. To make a signal with a buzzer.
  • transitive v. To cause to buzz.
  • transitive v. To utter in a rapid, low voice: "What is he buzzing in my ears?” ( Robert Browning).
  • transitive v. Informal To fly low over: The plane buzzed the control tower.
  • transitive v. To call or signal with a buzzer.
  • transitive v. To make a telephone call to.
  • transitive v. To give a buzzcut to.
  • n. A vibrating, humming, or droning sound.
  • n. A low murmur: a buzz of talk.
  • n. A telephone call: Give me a buzz at nine.
  • n. Slang A state of pleasant intoxication, as from alcohol.
  • n. Slang A state of stimulation or overstimulation, as from caffeine.
  • n. Slang Excited interest or attention: "The biggest buzz surrounds the simplest antioxidants: vitamins” ( Carol Turkington).
  • n. Slang Rumor; gossip: the latest buzz from Hollywood.
  • n. A buzzcut.
  • buzz off Informal To leave quickly; go away: I told them in no uncertain terms to buzz off.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A continuous, humming noise, as of bees; a confused murmur, as of general conversation in low tones.
  • n. A whisper.
  • n. The audible friction of voice consonants.
  • n. A rush or feeling of energy or excitement; a feeling of slight intoxication.
  • n. A telephone call.
  • n. Major topic of conversation; widespread rumor; information spread behind the scenes.
  • v. To make a low, continuous, humming or sibilant sound, like that made by bees with their wings.
  • v. To whisper; to communicate, as tales, in an undertone; to spread, as a report, by whispers or secretly.
  • v. To talk to incessantly or confidentially in a low humming voice.
  • v. To fly at high speed and at a very low altitude over a location.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A continuous, humming noise, as of bees; a confused murmur, as of general conversation in low tones, or of a general expression of surprise or approbation.
  • n. A whisper; a report spread secretly or cautiously.
  • n. The audible friction of voice consonants.
  • intransitive v. To make a low, continuous, humming or sibilant sound, like that made by bees with their wings. Hence: To utter a murmuring sound; to speak with a low, humming voice.
  • transitive v. To sound forth by buzzing.
  • transitive v. To whisper; to communicate, as tales, in an under tone; to spread, as report, by whispers, or secretly.
  • transitive v. To talk to incessantly or confidentially in a low humming voice.
  • transitive v. To sound with a “buzz”.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a low humming sound, as bees; emit a sound like a prolonged utterance of z, as by a slow expiration of intonated or sonant breath between the tongue and the roof of the mouth or the upper teeth.
  • To whisper buzzingly; speak with a low humming voice; make a low sibilant sound.
  • To make known by buzzing.
  • To whisper; spread or report by whispers; spread secretly.
  • To share equally the last of a bottle of wine, when there is not enough for a full glass to each of the party.
  • See buz.
  • To move hurriedly or with fuss; run; fuss about: as, to buzz along; to buzz about; to buzz against a person.
  • To pick pockets.
  • To throw with violence.
  • To drink (a bottle) till it is empty.
  • See buzzwig.
  • Of an artificial fly, having the hackle wrapped closely under the wings.
  • n. A continuous humming sound, as of bees.
  • n. A confused humming sound, such as that made by a number of people busily engaged in conversation or at work; the confused humming sound of bustling activity or stir; hence, a state of activity or ferment: as, the buzz of conversation ceased when he appeared; my head is all in a buzz.
  • n. A rumor or report.
  • n. Gossamer.
  • n. In angling, a beetle or its artificial imitation used as bait.
  • n. A bur; prickly calyx.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sound of rapid vibration
  • n. a confusion of activity and gossip
  • v. fly low
  • v. be noisy with activity
  • v. make a buzzing sound
  • v. call with a buzzer

Etymologies

Middle English bussen, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Onomatopoeic. (Wiktionary)

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