- 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
Origin of gee whiz
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Examples from the Web for gee-whiz
Gee-whiz, were those women at Me-Schwad the same women I met on the steamer?
Gee-whiz, I'm glad the school girls weren't coming along about then.
Just then the King of Gee-Whiz came by, and chawnced to notice the bubbles.Heart's Desire
Presently, they came to the place beneath the trees where was situated the great throne of the King of Gee-Whiz.
On the morning following this event, the King of Gee-Whiz woke in great good humor.
- informal impressive or amazinggee-whiz special effects
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Idioms and Phrases with 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.” [Slang; 1870s]
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