whiz

1

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.

noun


Origin of whiz

1
1540–50; imitative; cf. fizz
Related formswhiz·zing·ly, adverb

whiz

2
[hwiz, wiz]

noun

Origin of whiz

2
by shortening
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Examples from the Web for whizzes

Historical Examples of whizzes

  • She whizzes round the table like a cyclone and catches both his hands in hers.

  • He mistimes it; it grazes the edge of his bat, and whizzes off far to the right of Scaife, but the Demon has it.

    The Hill

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • I confess that I cannot ride in a motor-car that whizzes past other motor-cars without an absurd and irrational vanity.

    Windfalls

    (AKA Alpha of the Plough) Alfred George Gardiner

  • Women cab drivers are not very numerous, but every now and then one of them whizzes around a corner looking for a fare.

    Germany in War Time

    Mary Ethel McAuley


Word Origin and History for whizzes

whiz

n.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper