gee-whiz

[ jee-hwiz, -wiz ]
/ ˈdʒiˈʰwɪz, -ˈwɪz /
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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

Definition for gee-whiz (2 of 2)

gee whiz


interjection Informal.

Origin of gee whiz

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