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[hwiz, wiz] /ʰwɪz, wɪz/
verb (used without object), whizzed, whizzing.
to make a humming, buzzing, or hissing sound, as an object passing swiftly through the air.
to move or rush with such a sound:
The angry hornets whizzed by in a cloud.
verb (used with object), whizzed, whizzing.
to cause to whiz.
to treat with a whizzer.
Informal. a person who is quite good at a particular activity, in a certain field, etc.:
She's a whiz at math.
the sound of a whizzing object.
a swift movement producing such a sound.
Also, whizz.
Origin of whiz1
1540-50; imitative; cf. fizz
Related forms
whizzingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for whizz
  • Bullets whizz by players' heads as they search for a safe position and weave through obstacles dodging exploding grenades.
  • The distant whizz and boom of falling bombs was sometimes varied by the cacophony of an anti-aircraft gun in the prison grounds.
  • It's got almost a whizz, as if there were fans in the exhaust pipes.
  • Small items whizz round a two-kilometre carousel and shoot into cardboard boxes.
  • It produces too few knowledge workers to attract the gee-whizz industries.
  • While there will be whizz, the stable parts are relentlessly growing.
  • The whizz-bang stuff tends to be much less valuable.
  • It was an ambush, so close that the cracks of the guns and the whizz of the bullets were simultaneous.
  • They hear the detonation of the bomb, the whizz of the rocket and it is music ringing in their ears.
British Dictionary definitions for whizz


verb whizzes, whizzing, whizzed
to make or cause to make a loud humming or buzzing sound
to move or cause to move with such a sound
(intransitive) (informal) to move or go rapidly
a loud humming or buzzing sound
(informal) a person who is extremely skilful at some activity
a slang word for amphetamine
(US, informal) take a whizz, to urinate
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin
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Contemporary definitions for whizz

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intransitive verb

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Word Origin and History for whizz

"make or move with a humming, hissing sound," 1540s, of imitative origin. Meaning "to urinate" is from 1929. Related: Whizzed; whizzing. The noun is recorded from 1610s.



"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 whizz



A white person; mister charlie, ofay (1940s+ Black)

white wrapper

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plain wrapper

whiz 1


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


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


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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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