What's the difference between the two?

Example sentences:

Bzzz, bzzz. What was that buzzing?

Bzzz, bzzz. What was that buzzing noise?


"Buzz" is the onomatopoetic way to describe that particular kind of noise. "Buzzing noise" is therefore redundant -- but still used, in the way people say things like "ATM machine" or "postpone until later" or "regular routine".

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    and PIN number. – alex Sep 8 '17 at 9:50

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