Green’s Dictionary of Slang

buzzard n.

[all fig. uses of SE]

1. [late 16C–late 19C] (also buzzard-head) a weak foolish person, a gullible dupe; thus buzzardly adj.; buzzardism n.

2. [mid-17C+] an old and unattractive person; often as old buzzard.

3. [mid-19C+] (US) a native of the state of Georgia.

4. [late 19C] (US) a silver dollar [the eagle inscribed on it].

5. [1900s] (US, also turkey buzzard) a filthy child.

6. [1900s] (US milit.) an honourable discharge.

7. [1900s–40s] (US) a worthless horse.

8. [1910s] (US Und.) a police officer.

9. [1910s–30s] (US tramp) a second-rate thief; one who preys on women.

10. [1920s] an unpleasant person.

11. [1920s–30s] (US Und.) a beggar, the lowest form of tramp.

12. [1930s] (US) an aviator.

13. [1940s] (US army) chicken.

14. [1950s–60s] an animal, a creature.

15. [1980s] an unattractive woman.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

buzzard bait (n.) (also buzzard’s bait) [mid-19C+] (US)

1. a corpse abandoned in the open; by ext. a person fated for death or otherwise doomed, a general term of abuse.

2. a scraggy old horse.

buzzard-meat (n.) [late 19C–1930s] (US)

1. a corpse abandoned in the open.

2. a person fated for death or otherwise doomed.

buzzard roost (n.) (also buzzard’s roost) [the slaughterhouse area, where buzzards gathered to eat the discarded entrails]

1. [late 19C–1940s] (US) a run-down or disreputable place.

2. [1920s–40s] (US, Southern) the top gallery in a theatre, usu. reserved for blacks.

In phrases

harvest buzzard (n.) [SE harvest]

[1920s] (US tramp) a thief who robs seasonal workers.

storm-buzzard (n.)

[1930s–40s] (US black) a homeless or unemployed person, a beggar.