or whiz·bang, whizz-bang
[noun hwiz-bang, wiz-; adjective hwiz-bang, wiz-]
- Military. a small, high-speed shell whose sound as it flies through the air arrives almost at the same instant as its explosion.
- a firecracker with a similar effect.
- Informal. whiz1(def 5).
- Informal. first-rate; topnotch: a whiz-bang navigator.
Origin of whiz-bang
First recorded in 1910–15; orig. imitative
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Related Wordsconnoisseur, guru, doctor, authority, genius, scientist, professional, artist, fly, top, fine, champion, capital, winner, ace, pro, wizard, sage, virtuoso, maven
Examples from the Web for whiz-bang
Just as the order reached us along came a whiz-bang and burst.The Glory of The Coming
Irvin S. Cobb
Suddenly—“whiz-bang, whiz-bang” right at the door of the dugout.With the Ulster Division in France
Arthur Purefoy Irwin Samuels
"Yes, up went my little 'and like a whiz-bang," announced Bindle.Adventures of Bindle
Herbert George Jenkins
It would have taken a "whiz-bang" to catch up to me that day.Into the Jaws of Death
The "whiz-bang" starts with a rough whirr like a flushing cock partridge, and goes off on contact with a tremendous bang.A Yankee in the Trenches
R. Derby Holmes