Green’s Dictionary of Slang

buz n.

1. see buzz n. (1a)

2. see buzz n. (3)

Terms based on buzz n. (3c)/buzz n. (3b)

In compounds

bus-tailer (n.)

(UK Und.) a detective who specialises in surveillance of pickpockets.

[Ire]Eve. Herald (Dublin) 9 Dec. 4/6: A ‘bus-tailer’ is a detective on duty at bus stops looking for ‘whizzers’ among the crowd.
buz bloak (n.) [bloke n. (3)]

(UK Und.) a pickpocket who specializes in loose cash and purses (as opposed to jewellery or handkerchiefs).

[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 15: Buz-Bloak a pickpocket, who principally confines his attention to purses and loose cash.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[UK]Sl. Dict.
‘Garryowen’ Chrons Early Melbourne, 1835 to 1852 715: The only contretemps [...] was a detectied case of pocket-picking. There was some notion of pitching the Van Diemonian ‘buz-bloke’ into the river,.
Hartlepool Northern Dly Mail 15 Jan. 7/3: A pickpocket, amongst the fraternity, is a ‘buzz bloke’ or a ‘whizzer’ .
buz cove (n.) [cove n. (1)]

(UK Und.) a pickpocket.

[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 231: buz-cove, or buz-gloak a pickpocket; a person who is clever at this practice, is said to be a good buz.
K. Lenzner Colonial Eng. 15: Buz-cove, a word most likely taken out to Australia by the convicts transported thither.
buz-gloak (n.) (also bus-gloak, buzz-gloak) [gloak n.]

(UK Und.) a pickpocket.

[UK]Vaux Memoirs in McLachlan (1964) 77: Our society was increased by several new chums before the sessions, and as these persons were some degrees above the common class of thieves, I found much satisfaction in their conversation. There were indeed among them some of the first characters upon the town, leading men in the various branches of prigging they professed; both toby-gills, buz-gloaks, cracksmen, &c., but from their good address and respectable appearance, nobody would suspect their real vocation.
[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 231: buz-cove, or buz-gloak a pickpocket; a person who is clever at this practice, is said to be a good buz.
[UK]Westmorland Gaz. 6 Feb. 8/2: Among them [were] leading men in the various branches of prigging [...] toby-gills, buz-gloaks, cracksmen.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lytton Paul Clifford I 102: He who surreptitiously accumulates bustle is in fact nothing better than a buzz-gloak!
[UK]G.A. Sala Twice Round the Clock 166: Where these ruffiani, these copper captains and cozening buz-gloaks, are to be found [...] must remain a secret.
St James’s Gaz. 20 Feb. 6/1: Another class of pickpocket is one which frequents omnibuses, steamboats, and railway carriages [...] All are known as bus-gloaks.
[US]Stark Co. Democrat 25 Apr. 6/2: Joe Dubuque is [...] about as fine a worker, too, as ever worried Scotland yard. They used to call Joe ‘the Buzzgloak’.
buz-grab (n.)

(UK und.) a pickpocket.

[UK](con. 1800s) Leeds Times 7 May 6/6: The three ‘buzz grabs’ then went into Fleet-street, and selecting a likely man [...] Bromley picked a pocket, his companions covering him.
buz-knacker (n.) [SE knacker, a harness maker and (?) a maker of small (harness-related) articles]

a trainer of young pickpockets.

[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
buzman (n.) (also buzzman) [SE man]

1. (UK Und.) a pickpocket.

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Buzman a Pickpocket. Cant.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn).
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Morn. Chron. (London) 10 Oct. 4/5: They were recognized as notorious ‘Buzmen,’ i.e. fellows who confine their talents to stealing handkerchiefs from the pockets of passengers.
[UK]W.T. Moncrieff Heart of London II i: Cracksmen, buzmen, scampsmen, we [...] On the spice gloak high toby / We frisk so rummy, / And ramp so plummy.
[UK] in Flash Casket 67: [song title] Charley The Buzzman and Mot!
[UK]Flash Mirror 7: The most prominent class of flash characters are the following: — Swell Mob Men, Buzmen, Margeries, Cracksmen, Fogle-hunters, Sloggers.
[UK]H. Mayhew Great World of London II 111: The London buzman (swell mobsman) can keep his pony by abstracting ‘skin’ (purses) from gentlemen’s pockets.
[US] ‘Scene in a London Flash-Panny’ Matsell Vocabulum 102: Here a snafler lay snoring on a bench, while a buzman, just half a degree less intoxicated, was endeavoring to pick his pocket.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 60/1: The names of Marty Fitz, Jem Keefe and Barrington were known far and near as belonging to the most daring and skillful ‘buzz’ men in the country. [Ibid.] 102/1: Captain Grant was a skillful ‘buz-man’ and reckoned A No. 1 among the fraternity.
[UK]Examiner (London) 17 Mar. 13/2: ‘That Fiddling Jack [...] He’s been about saying you was a Buz-man’.
[UK] (ref. to 1820s) C. Hindley Vocab. and Gloss. in True Hist. of Tom and Jerry 158: Billy Buzman. A class of pickpockets who confine their attention exclusively to silk pocket handkerchiefs.

2. see buzzman under buzz n.

swell buz(z)man (n.)

(Uk Und.) a member of a superior pickpocket gang.

[UK]Eve. Standard (London) 26 June : These men are denominated in the slang phraseology swell burz-men [sic], and any thing less than a good watch, or a well-lined pocket-book, is perfectly beneath their notice.
[UK]Morn. Advertiser (London) 2 Oct. 4/2: These ladies had quarrelled about a ‘swell buz-man’ [...] and it also appeared that [...] the ‘swell buz-man,’ was so disgusted with the quanel that he took himself off ‘vith a vidow’ who kept chandler’s shop.