- 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.
- to cause to whiz.
- to treat with a whizzer.
- Informal. a person who is quite good at a particular activity, in a certain field, etc.: She's a whiz at math.
- the sound of a whizzing object.
- a swift movement producing such a sound.
Origin of whiz1
Examples from the Web for whizz
He didn't need any whizz plane then to beat the Curtiss record.Torchy
We hear it whistle past our ears, we feel it whizz over our helmets.Current History, A Monthly Magazine
New York Times
A mile was covered, and they were just passing a clump of bushes when whizz!The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview
He rose up again, and there was a whizz and a crack that startled me.Bunyip Land
George Manville Fenn
Let us step into it, then, and whizz round to Captain Morrison's house.Cleek, the Master Detective
Thomas W. Hanshew
- 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 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.