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or whizz

[hwiz, wiz]
verb (used without object), whizzed, whiz·zing.
  1. to make a humming, buzzing, or hissing sound, as an object passing swiftly through the air.
  2. to move or rush with such a sound: The angry hornets whizzed by in a cloud.
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verb (used with object), whizzed, whiz·zing.
  1. to cause to whiz.
  2. to treat with a whizzer.
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  1. Informal. a person who is quite good at a particular activity, in a certain field, etc.: She's a whiz at math.
  2. the sound of a whizzing object.
  3. a swift movement producing such a sound.
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Origin of whiz

1540–50; imitative; cf. fizz
Related formswhiz·zing·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of whizz

  • He didn't need any whizz plane then to beat the Curtiss record.


    Sewell Ford

  • We hear it whistle past our ears, we feel it whizz over our helmets.

  • A mile was covered, and they were just passing a clump of bushes when whizz!

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for whizz



verb whizzes, whizzing or whizzed
  1. to make or cause to make a loud humming or buzzing sound
  2. to move or cause to move with such a sound
  3. (intr) informal to move or go rapidly
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  1. a loud humming or buzzing sound
  2. informal a person who is extremely skilful at some activity
  3. a slang word for amphetamine
  4. take a whizz US informal to urinate
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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.

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"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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