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Whiz \Whiz\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Whizzed; p. pr. & vb. n. Whizzing.] [Of imitative origin. ???. Cf. Whistle, and Hiss.] 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. [Written also whizz.]

It flew, and whizzing, cut the liquid way.


Whiz \Whiz\, n. A hissing and humming sound.

Like the whiz of my crossbow.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"clever person," 1914, probably a special use of whiz "something remarkable" (1908), an extended sense of whizz; or perhaps a shortened and altered form of wizard. Noun phrase whiz kid is from 1930s, a take-off on a radio show's quiz kid.


alt. 1 To make a whirring or hissing sound, similar to that of an object speeding through the air. 2 To rush or move swiftly with such a sound. 3 To throw or spin rapidly. 4 (context vulgar slang English) To urinate. n. 1 A whirring or hissing sound (as above). 2 (context informal English) Someone who is remarkably skilled at something. 3 (context vulgar slang especially with the verb "take" English) An act of urination; a wiz. 4 (context UK slang uncountable English) amphetamine. vb. 1 To make a whirring or hissing sound, similar to that of an object speeding through the air. 2 To rush or move swiftly with such a sound. 3 To throw or spin rapidly. 4 (context vulgar slang English) To urinate.

  1. n. someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field [syn: ace, adept, champion, sensation, maven, mavin, virtuoso, genius, hotshot, star, superstar, whizz, wizard, wiz]

  2. a buzzing or hissing sound as of something traveling rapidly through the air; "he heard the whiz of bullets near his head"

  3. v. make a soft swishing sound; "the motor whirred"; "the car engine purred" [syn: whizz, whirr, whir, birr, purr]

  4. [also: whizzing, whizzes, whizzed]


WHIZ or Whiz may refer to:


WHIZ (1240 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Variety format. Licensed to Zanesville, Ohio, USA. The station is currently owned by Southeastern Ohio Broadcasting System, Inc. and features programing from ABC Radio, ESPN Radio and Westwood One.

WHIZ (comics)

WHIZ is the fictional radio station for which Billy Batson, who is also the superhero Captain Marvel, works. It appears in various Captain Marvel stories published by Fawcett Comics and DC Comics, the current publishers/owners of the Fawcett characters.

WHIZ, named after Captain Marvel's original magazine of publication, Whiz Comics, is located in fictional Fawcett City, and is managed by Billy's boss, Sterling Morris.

Usage examples of "whiz".

Running to the window they saw the Mortlake aeroplane whiz by at a fair height.

He faced the new batsman, and then, of a sudden, twirled around and sent the ball whizzing to third.

They whizzed around a bend and there was a Bekins semi nearly blocking the whole highway and Trashcan put his hands over his face, prepared to make an immediate transition to the astral plane.

And that could change with the biz whizzing through Wall Street on any given day.

Full of zip and brio, especially the kick-ass Jennifer, they whiz through this story like bright icons who also have surprising depths.

Gee whiz, you have to think quick at school exams, but cracky, leopards are worse than school principals, I should hope.

Instinctively, he floundered to the floor as a gleaming knife came whizzing from the quick hand of Foon Koo.

Both arrows whizzed past him, the rusty iron head of the second one nicking and shredding the seam of his kurta, and buried themselves in the side of the knoll.

Wildly, Eliste flung the book, and the excited nit whizzed straight at her face.

More bullets whizzed by and exploded around Reilly as he dived for cover behind the Pajero, while instinctively concentrating on trying to isolate the echo of the report to get a handle on where the shooter was.

Pierpoint drew a pistol, and sent the bullet whizzing past his ear so truly, that fear made the man obedient to the counter-orders of Pierpoint for the moment.

Raising his right arm with remarkable speed, he expertly spun a silver hoop around his raised index finger, then sent it whizzing through the air at Komananov, who flinched involuntarily only seconds before the razor-sharp quoit sliced through the blue-steel muzzle of her Makarov, halting its destructive flight only centimeters from her own gloved knuckles.

He acted as if he was on skates and whizzing across the ice, all set to do a difficult piece of figure work, one of his Salchows or something like that.

Eve had yet to speak or decide what best to do, when the elevator on the far wall whizzed open, and Summerset strode out.

I went to pass Bucky the milk and suddenly a small bottle of water went whizzing past my face: Bucky had thrown it behind her without even looking.