or whiz·bang, whizz-bang
[ noun hwiz-bang, wiz-; adjective hwiz-bang, wiz- ]
/ noun ˈʰwɪzˌbæŋ, ˈwɪz-; adjective ˈʰwɪzˈbæŋ, ˈwɪz- /
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.
connoisseur, guru, doctor, authority, genius, scientist, professional, artist, fly, top, fine, champion, capital, winner, ace, pro, wizard, sage, virtuoso, maven
- whitworth screw thread,
- whiz kid,
- whizz kid,
Origin of whiz-bang
First recorded in 1910–15; orig. imitative
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Examples from the Web for whizbang
Then, like the whizbang of a fire cracker, a thought struck him.Red Dynamite|Roy J. Snell
1915, originally a soldier's name for a type of German artillery shell in World War I, so called by the Allied troops in reference to its characteristic sound.
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