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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for whizzing
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  • Shot, shells, and bullets were whizzing and hissing by us as we made our way onwards.

    Taking Tales W.H.G. Kingston
  • But straggling shots succeed, and bullets are whizzing past their ears.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • He drove it whizzing past Hodge, who did not have time to touch it.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • Triangular flights of teal wing by you, whizzing like bullets, hazy with speed.

    California Mary Austin
  • The buzzing and whizzing sounds increased with great rapidity.

    The Phantom Yacht Carol Norton
  • I kept flying over him, making a whizzing sound with my wings.

Word Origin and History for whizzing



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for whizzing

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]

whiz 3


To pick pockets

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

whiz 4

Related Terms

gee whiz2

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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