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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BUZZ

All the vast theater of the stand was a buzz of eager chatter.

And this work, with the buzz saw, took up every minute of his time.

Suddenly there was a hum and a stir and a buzz of whispering in the room.

And in the stillness you could hear the buzz of the motor and the yells of Augustus.

There was a buzz of interest all about me; then the place grew still—or stiller.

There was silence for a moment and then a buzz of whispering.

Amid a buzz of conversation the nun was handed to the table.

The Ghyll was early astir, and in every nook and corner full of the buzz of gossip.

The confused talking of the men was like the buzz of insects in a forest.

The inside of the stockade was beginning to buzz like a disturbed hive.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., echoic of bees and other insects. Aviation sense of "fly low and close" is by 1941 (see buzz (n.)). Related: Buzzed; buzzing. Buzz off (1914) originally meant "to ring off on the telephone," from the use of buzzers to signal a call or message on old systems. As a command, it originally would have been telling someone to get off the line.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BUZZ

approach

verbcome nearer
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.