Etymology: Middle English bussen, of imitative origin
Date: 14th century
1. to make a low continuous humming sound like that of a bee
a. murmur, whisper
b. to be filled with a confused murmur <the room buzzed with excitement> 3. to make a signal with a buzzer 4. to go quickly ; hurry <buzzed around town in a sports car>; also scram — usually used with off 5. to feel high especially from a drug transitive verb 1. to utter covertly by or as if by whispering 2. to cause to buzz 3. to fly fast and close to <planes buzz the crowd> 4. to summon or signal with a buzzer; also to let in through an electronically controlled entrance — used with in or through <buzzed him in> 5. dialect England to drink to the last drop <get some more port whilst I buzz this bottle — W. M. Thackeray> II. noun Date: circa 1600 1. a persistent vibratory sound 2. a. a confused murmur b. rumor, gossip c. a flurry of activity d. fad, craze e. speculative or excited talk or attention relating especially to a new or forthcoming product or event <one of the few new shows that's getting good buzz — TV Guide>; also an instance of such talk or attention <their first CD created a huge buzz> 3. a signal conveyed by buzzer; specifically a telephone call 4. high 4
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.