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


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

1
1540–50; imitative; cf. fizz

Related formswhiz·zing·ly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for whizzing

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.

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