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.

Nearby words

  1. whitworth,
  2. whitworth screw thread,
  3. whity,
  4. whiz,
  5. whiz kid,
  6. whiz-kid,
  7. whizbang,
  8. whizz,
  9. whizz kid,
  10. whizz-bang

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

Word Origin and History for whizbang



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