or whizz

[hwiz, wiz]
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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.
verb (used with object), whizzed, whiz·zing.
  1. to cause to whiz.
  2. to treat with a whizzer.
  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.

Origin of whiz

1540–50; imitative; cf. fizz
Related formswhiz·zing·ly, adverb
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Related Words for whizzing

flit, whir, hurtle, whoosh, fly, whirl, swish, zip, bullet, hum, buzz, dart, race, hiss, hurry, speed, whisk

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Contemporary Examples of whizzing

Historical Examples of whizzing

  • Shot, shells, and bullets were whizzing and hissing by us as we made our way onwards.

    Taking Tales

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • But straggling shots succeed, and bullets are whizzing past their ears.

    The Lone Ranche

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • He drove it whizzing past Hodge, who did not have time to touch it.

    Frank Merriwell's Son

    Burt L. Standish

  • Triangular flights of teal wing by you, whizzing like bullets, hazy with speed.


    Mary Austin

  • The buzzing and whizzing sounds increased with great rapidity.

    The Phantom Yacht

    Carol Norton

Word Origin and History for whizzing



"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