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
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Historical Examples of 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper