or whizz

[hwiz, wiz]

verb (used without object), whizzed, whiz·zing.

to make a humming, buzzing, or hissing sound, as an object passing swiftly through the air.
to move or rush with such a sound: The angry hornets whizzed by in a cloud.

verb (used with object), whizzed, whiz·zing.

to cause to whiz.
to treat with a whizzer.


Origin of whiz

1540–50; imitative; cf. fizz
Related formswhiz·zing·ly, adverb
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verb whizzes, whizzing or whizzed

to make or cause to make a loud humming or buzzing sound
to move or cause to move with such a sound
(intr) informal to move or go rapidly


a loud humming or buzzing sound
informal a person who is extremely skilful at some activity
a slang word for amphetamine
take a whizz US informal to urinate

Word Origin for whizz

C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for whizz

"make or move with a humming, hissing sound," 1540s, of imitative origin. Meaning "to urinate" is from 1929. Related: Whizzed; whizzing. The noun is recorded from 1610s.



"clever person," 1914, probably a special use of whiz "something remarkable" (1908), an extended sense of whizz; or perhaps a shortened form of wizard. Noun phrase whiz kid is from 1930s, a take-off on a radio show's quiz kid.

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