Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Wikipedia.
1. interjection An exclamation of any strong emotion, such as surprise, dismay, enthusiasm, exasperation, etc. Aw, gee whiz, Mom! Can't I stay out and play for one more hour? Gee whiz guys, wasn't that show great?
2. adjective Especially enthusiastic or impressed; youthfully or naïvely optimistic or exuberant. Often hyphenated. The film is sure to provoke some gee-whiz reactions from even the most cynical of spectators. A lot of people come into politics with some gee-whiz notions of changing the world.
3. adjective Showily or gaudily impressive; amazing or astounding. Often hyphenated. The film boasts a lot of gee-whiz effects but doesn't offer much else in the way of plot or character development.
take a whiz
rude slang To urinate. Could you pull over? I need to take a whiz. I heard he was arrested for taking a whiz on the side of a police station.
1. To pass or seem to pass by with great speed. The car whizzed by so fast that I couldn't make out the numbers on its license plate. Wow, the summer has been just whizzing by, hasn't it?
2. To pass by someone or something with great speed. Tom whizzed by me on the way to his class, so I didn't have a chance to ask him out. I think college whizzed by all of us. It's hard to believe that it's over, huh?
3. To be unable to have been understood or noticed by someone. That joke just seemed to whiz by Alan. I thought I was prepared, but the questions on the quiz totally whizzed by me.
A person, usually a child or young adult, who is exceptionally skilled or intelligent. He was developing software by the time he was 10 years old—he's a total computer whiz kid. Those whiz kids at the spelling bee are always so impressive to watch. Sarah's the new whiz kid in accounting. She'll help you tackle the budget in no time.
1. To pass or seem to pass by someone or something with great speed. (Can be used with or without a direct object.) The car whizzed past so fast that I couldn't make out the numbers on its license plate. Tom whizzed by me on the way to his class, so I didn't have a chance to ask him about the weekend. Wow, the summer has been just whizzing past, hasn't it?
2. To be unable to have been understood or noticed by someone. That joke just seemed to whiz past Alan. I thought I was prepared, but a lot of the questions on the quiz totally whizzed past me.
1. To pass through (something or some place) with great speed. The masked teenager whizzed through the store, grabbing what he could off the shelves as he went. I saw the other car whizzing through the intersection, so I slammed on the brakes to avoid getting hit. Normally the boss stops to chat to everyone in the office, but today he just whizzed through without a word.
2. To accomplish, work through, or proceed with something quickly or deftly. If you try to whiz through this book, it's going to catch up with you at the quiz later. The team, considered underdogs by everyone in the sporting world, whizzed through the tournament without coming close to a single defeat.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
whiz past someone or something
to move or travel past someone or something at a high speed. The train whizzed past one little town after another. I whizzed past Chuck because I did not recognize him.
whiz (right) through something
1. . to speed through a place. One car after another whizzed right through the little town. We whizzed through the kitchen, stopping just long enough for a glass of iced tea.
2. . to work one's way through something quickly. She whizzed right through the test with no trouble. Jane whizzed through her interview and got the job.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
An expression of surprise, dismay, or enthusiasm. For example, Gee whiz, Dad, I thought you'd let me borrow the car, or Gee whiz, they finally won the Series! This term is thought to be a euphemism for "Jesus Christ." [Slang; 1870s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
whiz byor whizz by
1. To pass quickly, as of a moving object or an interval of time: I looked out the window of the train and watched the faces whiz by.
2. To pass someone or something quickly: The motorcycle whizzed by us on the freeway.
whiz throughor whizz through
1. To accomplish or proceed with something swiftly and energetically: My smart friend whizzed through the math homework.
2. To move rapidly through something: The football whizzed through the receiver's hands.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
n. an extraordinary person; someone who can do the impossible. (Usually objectionable.) Sam is a real piss-cutter when it comes to running. I ain’t no piss-whiz, just your average guy.
1. n. a talented or skilled person. She’s a real whiz with stats.
2. in. to urinate. (Usually objectionable.) I gotta stop here and whiz.
n. a young whiz. The boss’s new whiz kid doesn’t seem to be doing the job very well.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
take a whizVulgar Slang
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
An exceptionally intelligent or precociously successful young person. The term is an alteration of Quiz Kids, a popular radio series of the 1940s that much later was revived on television. It involved a panel of five exceptionally bright children who were asked questions sent in by listeners. The current cliché was coined soon afterward and is no longer confined to children. The Economist had it in December 1962: “Critics . . . regard President Kennedy as a quiz kid surrounded by whiz kids.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer