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whiz1

[hwiz, wiz] /ʰwɪz, wɪz/
verb (used without object), whizzed, whizzing.
1.
to make a humming, buzzing, or hissing sound, as an object passing swiftly through the air.
2.
to move or rush with such a sound:
The angry hornets whizzed by in a cloud.
verb (used with object), whizzed, whizzing.
3.
to cause to whiz.
4.
to treat with a whizzer.
noun
5.
Informal. a person who is quite good at a particular activity, in a certain field, etc.:
She's a whiz at math.
6.
the sound of a whizzing object.
7.
a swift movement producing such a sound.
Also, whizz.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; imitative; cf. fizz
Related forms
whizzingly, adverb

whiz2

[hwiz, wiz] /ʰwɪz, wɪz/
noun
1.
wizard (def 3).
Origin
by shortening
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Examples from the web for whiz
  • The trees at the side of the road whiz by, whereas the mountains on the distant horizon hardly move.
  • Its vision of the future, however, is a smorgasbord of whiz-bang inventions.
  • He played dangerous games with reflexive grace and was a whiz at handling risky props.
  • He's got a tight drummer and a keyboard whiz behind him.
  • It's easy to get excited about a new whiz-bang building with some great technological innovation.
  • In other words, the kooky bike's a fitting symbol of the campus tour's whiz-bang evolution.
  • And the graduate training that produces our scientists encourages this whiz-bang number crunching and technology.
  • Yes, some folks will never master a calculus but the calculus whiz may lack potential to master inserting a cardiac catheter.
  • She was a marketing whiz immersed in technology, bright and articulate and eager to take on an aging professor knocking the kids.
  • He didnt know what to call that process so he asked a math whiz about it.
British Dictionary definitions for whiz

whizz

/wɪz/
verb whizzes, whizzing, whizzed
1.
to make or cause to make a loud humming or buzzing sound
2.
to move or cause to move with such a sound
3.
(intransitive) (informal) to move or go rapidly
noun
4.
a loud humming or buzzing sound
5.
(informal) a person who is extremely skilful at some activity
6.
a slang word for amphetamine
7.
(US, informal) take a whizz, to urinate
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for whiz
n.

"clever person," 1914, probably a special use of whiz "something remarkable" (1908), an extended sense of whizz; or perhaps a shortened form of wizard. Noun phrase whiz kid is from 1930s, a take-off on a radio show's quiz kid.

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Slang definitions & phrases for whiz

whiz 1

noun

A very successful performer; an outstanding expert; humdinger: the town's most promising high school football whiz/ a whiz at exterior (as opposed to psychological) characterization

[1914+; perhaps a shortened form of wizard]


whiz 2

noun

: I just came down for a whizz (1971+)

verb

To urinate; piss: exactly twenty-five minutes after whizzing in his pants for the last time/ I gotta whiz. Will you just cover me at the register for a minute? (1929+)

[perhaps echoic; perhaps related to late 1800s British hold your whiz, ''be quiet, shut up,'' similar to hold your water]


whiz 3

verb

To pick pockets

[1925+ Underworld; apparently fr the whizzing speed with which an expert pickpocket works]


whiz 4

Related Terms

gee whiz2


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