whiz-bang

or whiz·bang, whizz-bang

[ noun hwiz-bang, wiz-; adjective hwiz-bang, wiz- ]
/ noun ˈʰwɪzˌbæŋ, ˈwɪz-; adjective ˈʰwɪzˈbæŋ, ˈwɪz- /

noun

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).

adjective

Informal. first-rate; topnotch: a whiz-bang navigator.

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Origin of whiz-bang

First recorded in 1910–15; imitative of the sound
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Example sentences from the Web for whiz-bang

  • Then, like the whizbang of a fire cracker, a thought struck him.

    Red Dynamite|Roy J. Snell