or whizz

[ hwiz, wiz ]
/ ʰwɪz, wɪz /

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.


Nearby words

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

Origin of whiz

1540–50; imitative; cf. fizz

Related formswhiz·zing·ly, adverb

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/ (wɪz) /

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


Word Origin for whizz

C16: of imitative origin

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