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[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.
Origin of gee-whiz
First recorded in 1930-35

gee whiz

interjection, Informal.
gee2 .
1880-85, Americanism; apparently euphemistic alteration of Jesus, with final syllable replaced by whiz1 Unabridged
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  • Now at the royal palace of the King of gee-whiz all was gloom and sadness, as may readily be supposed.

    The King of Gee-Whiz Emerson Hough
  • gee-whiz, I'm glad the school girls weren't coming along about then.

    Looking Back Merrick Abner Richardson
  • You and that gee-whiz friend of yours ought to turn yourselves into a symposium and write for the papers.

    Heart's Desire Emerson Hough
  • All I can say is that in course of time we descended, and that we found ourselves on solid ground, on the island of gee-whiz.

    Heart's Desire Emerson Hough
  • They turned over the King of gee-whiz gently, that he might rest more easily, where he lay.

    Heart's Desire Emerson Hough
  • As soon as the King of gee-whiz found that there was abundance of soap he lost his fawncy for bubbles.

    Heart's Desire Emerson Hough
  • Presently, they came to the place beneath the trees where was situated the great throne of the King of gee-whiz.

    The King of Gee-Whiz Emerson Hough
  • On the morning following this event, the King of gee-whiz woke in great good humor.

    The King of Gee-Whiz Emerson Hough
  • There was probably never a dance just such as this which the King of gee-whiz now began.

    The King of Gee-Whiz Emerson Hough
  • In the meantime, as may readily be imagined, there was a sad time at the palace of the King of gee-whiz.

    The King of Gee-Whiz Emerson Hough
British Dictionary definitions for gee-whiz


(informal) impressive or amazing: gee-whiz special effects
Word Origin
C20: from gee²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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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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