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gee whiz

noun, Informal.
gee2 .
Origin of gee whiz
1880-85, Americanism; apparently euphemistic alteration of Jesus, with final syllable replaced by whiz1


[jee-hwiz, -wiz] /ˈdʒiˈʰwɪz, -ˈwɪz/
adjective, Informal.
arousing or characterized by surprise, wonder, or triumphant achievement:
a gee-whiz technology; a gee-whiz reaction to the sight of the Grand Canyon.
1930-35 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gee-whiz
  • Even the forbidding chairs are form-fitting and inexplicably comfortable, and the waiters are full of gee-whiz enthusiasm.
  • It's a ponderous, toned-down golly-gee-whiz performance.
  • The new findings might prove to be more than a simple gee-whiz figure.
  • It really does not take a lot of gee-whiz suspension of disbelief.
  • The sign reader could supply a bit of gee-whiz technology that could captivate buyers.
  • It'll also have an interesting bit of gee-whiz technology.
  • It was to be a gee-whiz interactive experience with visitors playing mobsters.
  • gee-whiz suites with oversize tubs, multihead showers.
  • We're a gee-whiz nation, prone to lionizing innovators and frontier-busters of every sort.
  • Nanotechnology has become shorthand for gee-whiz miniature devices that may never find practical uses.
British Dictionary definitions for gee-whiz


(informal) impressive or amazing: gee-whiz special effects
Word Origin
C20: from gee²
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Slang definitions & phrases for gee-whiz

gee whiz

  1. Enthusiastic; very much impressed; youthfully optimistic: With a very gee-whiz kid, you're not talking about a very long period/ Finch's willed naivete´ frequently leads to gee-whiz insights (1980s+)
  2. Very impressive, esp in a gaudy way: a windowless conference room that felt gee-whiz, a little Big Brother, filled with television sets (1990s+)

(also Gee whiz, gee whillikins, gee willikers) An exclamation of approval, surprise, mild disapproval, emphasis, etc; gosh: But gee willikers, he does arithmetic like lightning (main entry 1885+; others somewhat earlier)

noun phrase

An armed pickpocket

[1950s+ Underworld; fr gee, ''gun,'' and whiz, ''pickpocket'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with gee-whiz

gee whiz

An expression of surprise, dismay, or enthusiasm. For example, Gee whiz, Dad, I thought you'd let me borrow the car, or Gee whiz, they finally won the Series! This term is thought to be a euphemism for “Jesus Christ.” [ ; 1870s ]
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