Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To make a low droning or vibrating sound like that of a bee.
  • intransitive verb To talk, often excitedly, in low tones.
  • intransitive verb To be abuzz; hum.
  • intransitive verb To move quickly and busily; bustle.
  • intransitive verb To make a signal with a buzzer.
  • intransitive verb To cause to buzz.
  • intransitive verb To utter in a rapid, low voice.
  • intransitive verb Informal To fly low over.
  • intransitive verb To call or signal with a buzzer.
  • intransitive verb To make a telephone call to.
  • intransitive verb To give a buzzcut to.
  • noun A vibrating, humming, or droning sound.
  • noun A low murmur.
  • noun A telephone call.
  • noun A state of pleasant intoxication, as from alcohol.
  • noun A state of stimulation or overstimulation, as from caffeine.
  • noun Excited interest or attention.
  • noun Rumor; gossip.
  • noun A buzzcut.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A bur; prickly calyx.
  • See buzzwig.
  • Of an artificial fly, having the hackle wrapped closely under the wings.
  • noun In angling, a beetle or its artificial imitation used as bait.
  • 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.
  • noun A continuous humming sound, as of bees.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A rumor or report.
  • noun Gossamer.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To sound forth by buzzing.
  • transitive verb To whisper; to communicate, as tales, in an under tone; to spread, as report, by whispers, or secretly.
  • transitive verb colloq. To talk to incessantly or confidentially in a low humming voice.
  • transitive verb (Phonetics) To sound with a “buzz”.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A whisper; a report spread secretly or cautiously.
  • noun (Phonetics) The audible friction of voice consonants.
  • intransitive verb 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A continuous, humming noise, as of bees; a confused murmur, as of general conversation in low tones.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English bussen, of imitative origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Onomatopoeic.

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