- 1[intransitive] (of a bee) to make a continuous low sound Bees buzzed lazily among the flowers.
- 2[intransitive] to make a sound like a bee buzzing The doorbell buzzed loudly. My ears were buzzing (= were filled with a continuous sound). More Like This Onomatopoeic words beep, bleep, boohoo, brrr, buzz, click, clip-clop, ding-dong, hiss, mwah, peep, ping, plop, pop, rat-tat, splat, splosh, squeak, squeal, squelch, swish, tee-hee, thud, thwack, tick-tock, toot, vroom, wham, whoosh, zoomSee worksheet.
- 3[intransitive] to be full of excitement, activity, etc. New York buzzes from dawn to dusk. My head was still buzzing after the day's events. buzz with something The place was buzzing with journalists.
- 4[intransitive, transitive] buzz (something) (for somebody/something) to call somebody to come by pressing a buzzer The doctor buzzed for the next patient to come in.
- 5[transitive] buzz somebody/something (informal) to fly very close to somebody/something, especially as a warning or threat Word Origin late Middle English: imitative.Extra examples A large helicopter buzzed overhead. A police helicopter was buzzing overhead. My ears were buzzing. Phrasal Verbsbuzz aboutbuzz off
BrE BrE//bʌz//; NAmE NAmE//bʌz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they buzz
BrE BrE//bʌz//; NAmE NAmE//bʌz//he / she / it buzzes
BrE BrE//ˈbʌzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌzɪz//past simple buzzed
BrE BrE//bʌzd//; NAmE NAmE//bʌzd//past participle buzzed
BrE BrE//bʌzd//; NAmE NAmE//bʌzd//-ing form buzzing
BrE BrE//ˈbʌzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌzɪŋ//