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Origin of wiz
Words nearby wiz
What does wiz mean?
A wiz is someone who’s highly skilled or knowledgeable in a particular field or activity.
Wiz is an informal word. It’s a shortening of wizard, which can have the same meaning. It’s especially used in combination with the field that the person is skilled in, as in computer wiz or math wiz. The word whiz (or less commonly whizz) can be used to mean the same thing.
Example: My nephew is a real wiz with computers—I’d let him take a look at it.
Where does wiz come from?
The first records of wiz come from the early 1900s. It’s a shortening of wizard, which comes from the Middle English word wisard, meaning “one who is wise.” The words wise and wisdom are based on the same root.
The word wiz doesn’t imply wisdom so much as intelligence and skill. When you call someone a wiz at something, you mean that not only are they good at it, they make it look easy—as if they’re doing it by magic, like a wizard. When you say someone is a wiz in the kitchen, you mean they’re really good at cooking. Someone who’s known as a wiz is often called upon for their help, as in Kate’s a wiz at coding—you should ask her for help with your homework. The spelling whiz is also commonly used in this way. The similar term whiz kid refers to a young person who’s especially skilled and successful in a particular field.
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What are some other forms related to wiz?
- whiz (noun)
- whizz (noun)
What are some synonyms for wiz?
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How is wiz used in real life?
Wiz is typically used in a positive way to talk about how good someone is at something, especially an activity or subject that other people find difficult.
i’m excited to show this new design… @SUPERLITDOM & i worked on this bad boy for a while.
he’s a wiz when it comes to graphics. 🧙♂️
— matt walden (@MattWaldenAC) April 3, 2018
Tom's preparing brunch. If you think I can cook, he's a wiz! However, when he's cooking, no one is allowed in the kitchen! *rolls eyeballs*
— Jenni Epperson (@jenniepperson) July 17, 2011
— Amiyrah Tano – Profesh Padawan (@AmiyrahMartin) April 10, 2013
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Which of the following words would NOT be used to refer to a person considered a wiz?
Example sentences from the Web for wiz
Wiz Khalifa and Young Jeezy were on the cover; April's issue had Schoolboy Q and Ice Cube.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine|Alex Suskind|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Performing on this track with label-mate Wiz Khalifa, New York singer and songwriter Vali released “Dimes” this week.Miley Cyrus, Arcade Fire & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)|Victoria Kezra|September 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Ke$ha swayed back and forth, head bobbing, slurred her words, and held on for dear life to Wiz for balance.
Wiz proudly pimped his new project: a baby with model Amber Rose.
Rapper Tyga enlists the help of his musical peers, Wiz Khalifa and Mally Mall, to sing an ode to MDMA drug, Molly.Wiz Khalifa, Paramore & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)|Jean Trinh|April 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"I'm going to cut th' deacon's head off wiz it," she replied blandly.Anderson Crow, Detective|George Barr McCutcheon
He taught no more, I held him fast,And killed him wiz a rough.The Book of Humorous Verse|Various
I could 'ave tooken you wiz me for ransom—'elluva big ransom—a million dollar, mebbe.The Bad Man|Charles Hanson Towne
They'll think I'm some wiz' when I step out and present these here hummin'birds' bugles.Overland Red|Henry Herbert Knibbs
"He bought it wiz his very own money," Nell went on to explain before she could be stopped.Carl and the Cotton Gin|Sara Ware Bassett