Meaning of BUZZARD in English


I. ˈbəzə(r)d noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English busard, from Old French busard, buisard, alteration (influenced by Old French -ard ) of buison buzzard, from Latin buteon-, buteo; probably akin to Latin bubo horned owl — more at bubo

1. chiefly Britain : buteo 2 ; especially : the common European short-winged hawk ( Buteo buteo ) that is rich dark brown above and mottled with white on the underparts

2. : any of various birds of prey: as

a. : turkey buzzard

b. : honey buzzard

c. : condor

3. : a person exhibiting rapacity or disgusting habits — used often as a generalized expression of disapproval

the old buzzard won't sell his land

a cranky old buzzard

4. : a golf score of two strokes over par on a hole

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: buzz (I) + -ard

dialect England : a buzzing insect (as a cockchafer or dorbeetle)

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