whiz

1

or whizz

[hwiz, wiz]
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verb (used without object), whizzed, whiz·zing.
  1. to make a humming, buzzing, or hissing sound, as an object passing swiftly through the air.
  2. to move or rush with such a sound: The angry hornets whizzed by in a cloud.
verb (used with object), whizzed, whiz·zing.
  1. to cause to whiz.
  2. to treat with a whizzer.
noun
  1. Informal. a person who is quite good at a particular activity, in a certain field, etc.: She's a whiz at math.
  2. the sound of a whizzing object.
  3. a swift movement producing such a sound.

Origin of whiz

1
1540–50; imitative; cf. fizz
Related formswhiz·zing·ly, adverb

whiz

2
[hwiz, wiz]

Origin of whiz

2
by shortening
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Examples from the Web for whiz

Contemporary Examples of whiz

  • Significantly, Ruthie was also a whiz at math—a subject in which Bernie was notably deficient.

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    The Making of Madoff

    Jerry Oppenheimer

    August 1, 2009

Historical Examples of whiz


Word Origin and History for 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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