whiz

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v whiz make a soft swishing sound "the motor whirred","the car engine purred"
    • n whiz a buzzing or hissing sound as of something traveling rapidly through the air "he heard the whiz of bullets near his head"
    • n whiz someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Whiz A hissing and humming sound. "Like the whiz of my crossbow."
    • v. i Whiz To make a humming or hissing sound, like an arrow or ball flying through the air; to fly or move swiftly with a sharp hissing or whistling sound. "It flew, and whizzing , cut the liquid way."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n whiz See whizz.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Whiz hwiz to make a hissing sound, like an arrow or ball flying through the air
    • pr.p Whiz whiz′zing; pa.t. and pa.p. whizzed
    • n Whiz a hissing sound
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of imitative origin. . Cf. Whistle, and Hiss

Usage

In literature:

Gee whiz, how we socked it ter him!
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"
And every soul, it passed me by, Like the whiz of my cross-bow!
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7" by Charles H. Sylvester
They had not gone many hundred yards before I heard the whiz of a bullet.
"Adventures in Many Lands" by Various
Whiz went his whip across my face, and then whiz went my arrow.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
The other ferry-boats have a comical appearance as they whirl and whiz past us.
"Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885" by Various
Whiz, up she goes like that!
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
While this monstrous Dutch gambling fury lasted, money was plenty, everybody felt rich and Holland was in a whiz of windy delight.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
The last bubble of his happiness had burst, with a whiz and a whir, and I rushed away from the gold-maker's house.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
I tell you I am a whiz!
"Battling the Clouds" by Captain Frank Cobb
He heard a ball whiz past his head.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
In the mean time shells were screeching over us continually, and an occasional bullet would whiz uncomfortably near.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
They whiz by, thinking indignities of your dignified progress, and sometimes saying them.
"Select Conversations with an Uncle" by H. G. Wells
But, by gee whiz, old Bully Presby could go some!
"The Plunderer" by Roy Norton
Gee whiz, but I feel great!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Every whiz of the rattle made him bound.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Bang, whiz, down comes a shell and away goes a house.
"Before and after Waterloo" by Edward Stanley
This was his natural element, luxury, excitement, whiz and snap.
"Aliens" by William McFee
We'd like to make some money, but gee whiz, that isn't the only thing we care about.
"Roy Blakeley in the Haunted Camp" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
There was no whiz, no whir, no clank, no squeal, no grind.
"The Mighty Dead" by William Campbell Gault
Gee whiz, what's that?
"Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North" by Fullerton Waldo
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In poetry:

I vonder vere der Kaiser shtays
Mit all dose poys of his,
You pet, dey keep a goot long vays
From vere de bullets whiz.
"Hans Begins To Wonder" by Abner Cosens
Now, when the stethoscope came out,
The flies began to buzz and whiz
Oh ho! the matter is clear, no doubt;
An aneurism there plainly is.
"The Stethoscope Song. A Professional Ballad" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
How the folks looked askance
At the seats of our pants,
When those giant skyrockets
Went off in our pockets!
Gee whiz!
What fun the Fourth is!
"The Glorious Fourth And Its Memories" by Edwin Carty Ranck

In news:

'NW': British whiz kid Zadie Smith returns with zest.
From wizard to whiz kid.
Homeless whiz kid and her family will get a new home.
Woody's whiz kid wins Rhodes.
3 Books For The Whiz Kid.
Whiz Kid on the Block.
The Bonding Over Beauty blogger and parenting whiz opens up.
Combine Cheese Whiz and soup.
Teen crossword whiz helps New York Times.
The 16-year-old whiz kid invited to conduct research at MIT.
That gee-whiz medical segment on your local TV news.
Robin Roberts, durable Hall of Famer who pitched for Phillies' 1950 'Whiz Kids,' dies at 83.
Cars whiz by, going 60 mph in a 45 mph zone.
Fans of She & Him's gee-whiz pop glee might dismiss Wasteland 's slow-moving second half as a bit of a slog.
WHIZ -TV started broadcasting on May 23rd, 1953.
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In science:

ApXX tradition requires “gee whiz” items to come first or last in sections.
Astrophysics in 2005
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