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interjection Informal.
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Origin of gee whiz

1880–85, Americanism; apparently euphemistic alteration of Jesus, with final syllable replaced by whiz1

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gee-whiz
[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for gee whiz

gee-whiz

adjective
informal impressive or amazinggee-whiz special effects

Word Origin for gee-whiz

C20: from gee ²
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Other 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.” [Slang; 1870s]

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