whiz

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or whizz

[ hwiz, wiz ]
/ ʰwɪz, wɪz /

verb (used without object), whizzed, whiz·zing.

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, whiz·zing.

to cause to whiz.
to treat with a whizzer.

noun

Origin of whiz

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1540–50; imitative; cf. fizz
Related formswhiz·zing·ly, adverb

Definition for whiz (2 of 2)

whiz

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[ hwiz, wiz ]
/ ʰwɪz, wɪz /

noun

Origin of whiz

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by shortening
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Word Origin and History for whiz

whiz


n.

"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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