- any of various Old World hawks (esp. certain species of the genus Buteo) that are slow and heavy in flight
- turkey vulture
- a person regarded as mean, grasping, etc.
Origin of buzzardMiddle English busard from Old French busart from buson, buison ( from Classical Latin buteo, kind of hawk) + -art, -ard
- Any of various North American vultures, such as the turkey vulture.
- Chiefly British A hawk of the genus Buteo, having broad wings and a broad tail.
- An avaricious or otherwise unpleasant person.
Origin of buzzardMiddle English busard hawk of the genus Buteo from Old French from Latin būteō
- Any of several Old-World birds of prey with broad wings and a broad tail.
- In North America, a general term for scavenging birds such as the American black vulture, also called American black buzzard (Coragyps atratus), and the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura).
- (colloquial, derogatory, slang, often preceded by "old", the "old buzzard") A curmudgeonly or cantankerous man; an old person; a mean, greedy person.
- (archaic) A blockhead; a dunce.