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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.] [1913 Webster] It flew, and whizzing, cut the liquid way. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
Whiz \Whiz\, n. A hissing and humming sound. [1913 Webster] Like the whiz of my crossbow. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

whiz

Noun

1 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" v : make a soft swishing sound; "the motor whirred"; "the car engine purred" [syn: whizz, whirr, whir, birr, purr] [also: whizzing, whizzes, whizzed]

Moby Thesaurus

ace, adept, assibilate, assibilation, ball the jack, barrel, beaut, birr, bombilate, bombinate, boom, bowl along, breeze, breeze along, brush, bullet, bum, burr, buzz, clip, corker, crackerjack, cut along, dab, dabster, daisy, dandy, darb, dilly, dream, drone, dust, effervesce, effervescence, effervescing, first-rater, fizz, fizzle, fizzling, fleet, flit, fly, fly low, foot, frication, frictional rustling, genius, go fast, good hand, great, highball, hiss, hissing, honey, hum, humdinger, hush, hushing, killer-diller, knockout, lisp, lollapaloosa, lulu, magician, mahatma, make knots, man of genius, master, master hand, mastermind, nip, outstrip the wind, past master, peach, pip, pippin, pour it on, practiced hand, prodigy, professional, purr, rhonchus, rip, sage, scorch, shush, shushing, sibilance, sibilate, sibilation, siffle, sigmatism, siss, sissing, sizz, sizzle, sizzling, skilled hand, skim, sneeze, sneezing, sniff, sniffle, snore, snort, snuff, snuffle, speed, spit, splutter, sputter, squash, squelch, squish, star, sternutation, stertor, storm along, superstar, sweep, sweetheart, swish, tear, tear along, the nuts, thrum, thunder along, topnotcher, virtuoso, wheeze, whir, whirl, whish, whisk, whisper, whistle, whistling, white noise, whoosh, wizard, zing, zip, zoom

English

Pronunciation

  • /Whɪz/

Alternative spellings

Verb

  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. wiz To urinate

Translations

to make a whirring or hissing sound
  • Finnish: suhista
to rush or move swiftly with such sound
  • Finnish: suhahtaa
to throw or spin rapidly
  • Finnish: sujauttaa
slang: wiz to urinate
  • Finnish: suhuttaa, suhauttaa

Noun

  1. A whirring or hissing sound (as above)
  2. Someone who is remarkably skilled at something
  3. Wiz; the act of urinating
    take a wiz

Translations

whirring or hissing sound
  • Finnish: suhahdus
  • Kurdish:
someone remarkably skilled at something
  • Finnish: taituri
slang: wiz as an act of urinating
This article is about the stereotypical character. For a number of specific historical uses, see Whiz Kids. For the computer game, see Wizkid. For the Marvel Comics character named Wiz Kid, see Taki Matsuya.
The whiz kid is a stock character who is highly intelligent but lacking in physical strength. They usually wear glasses and are somewhat overdressed or tout a different style than the rest of the cast (this often includes button-up shirts, suspenders, and gelled, parted hair).
The whiz kid is usually interested in books, science and technology, and more recently the stereotype has taken up interest in computers and the Internet. The whiz kid takes pride in being smart, and often uses big words (sometimes to show off, or to confuse and manipulate other, less intelligent people around them). The whiz kid usually uses his or her superior knowledge to help the main characters of a story accomplish some goal.
Often the whiz kid is the hero's sidekick, but may also be the lead character or comic relief.
The term "whiz kid" can apply to both males and females. Derogatory references include "geeks" and "nerds".

Examples

Notes

  1. Although Daniel Jackson is an adult, he often takes to amazing events with an almost childlike sense of awe. He also fulfills several of the stereotypes relating to whiz kids, such as wearing glasses and being nerdy (the latter is especially true of him in the Stargate film.)
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