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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.
Origin of whiz1
1540-50; imitative; cf. fizz
Related forms
whizzingly, adverb Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • He didn't need any whizz plane then to beat the Curtiss record.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • We hear it whistle past our ears, we feel it whizz over our helmets.

  • A mile was covered, and they were just passing a clump of bushes when whizz!

  • He rose up again, and there was a whizz and a crack that startled me.

    Bunyip Land George Manville Fenn
  • Let us step into it, then, and whizz round to Captain Morrison's house.

    Cleek, the Master Detective

    Thomas W. Hanshew
  • Well do I know the whizz and thud of her shells—sounds all their own.

  • It comes at you with the speed of a rocket, with the whizz and whirr of a racing motor.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • There was a whizz as the rubber tires struck the wooden planking of the bridge.

    The Motor Boys Clarence Young
  • The whizz and zip of the bullet seemed to be only a few inches from my ear.

    Tenting on the Plains Elizabeth B. Custer
  • He might mend this broken neck of his, you know, suddenly,—and then—whizz!

    Red Fox Charles G. D. Roberts
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

See wazz

intransitive verb

See wazz's 21st Century Lexicon
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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

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]

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 3


To pick pockets

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

whiz 4

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gee whiz2

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