Definition of whiz in English:


(also whizz)


  • 1[no object] Move quickly through the air with a whistling or whooshing sound.

    ‘missiles whizzed past’
    figurative ‘the weeks whizzed by’
    • ‘He likes the traffic noise, the zoom of cars whizzing up and down Great Western Road.’
    • ‘Missiles and bullets whizzed past his car, only narrowly avoiding the tail.’
    • ‘A bullet whizzed past her leg, close enough to tear her dress.’
    • ‘The sound of cars whizzing by on the lonely suburban road always had a calming effect on him.’
    • ‘The wind was playing tricks, lifting heaps of dried leaves, whizzing them round, and shifting them from one end of the garden to the other.’
    • ‘It was while his fingers were working on those buttons and his balance was slightly affected, that a bullet came whizzing past his horse's ear.’
    • ‘Bullets whizzed past us as our fellow soldiers laid down round after round of cover fire.’
    • ‘Residents have been complaining about the sound of engines and bikes whizzing past them as they walk on footpaths.’
    • ‘Suddenly the silence was interrupted by the sound of arrows whizzing and striking soft objects.’
    • ‘Just the sound of the ball whizzing past me as I was struck out yet again.’
    • ‘Synth notes bob, bend and warble, producing a strange, droning, Doppler effect, whizzing past the listener like vehicles on a Tron superhighway.’
    • ‘He unloaded a few rounds that whizzed right in front of her nose.’
    • ‘Balancing on the verge with traffic whizzing past close behind me was hair raising.’
    • ‘The control tower is so noisy with aeroplanes whizzing past.’
    • ‘To most of the 80,000 petrolheads who will fill the stands at the Kent circuit, A1 is another reason to spend Sunday afternoons watching cars whizzing round in circles.’
    • ‘The sounds of armor-piercing bullets and missiles whizzing past your head is eerily believable.’
    • ‘Cars whizz round the one-way system, trapping pedestrians on a small triangular island in the middle of the flow.’
    • ‘I'd already spent an hour at a bus stop in the ‘burbs, staring at the cars whizzing past, going about their business.’
    • ‘Powerful legs lifted Copperhead off the ground as 7.62 mm rounds whizzed by, narrowly missing their targets.’
    • ‘He was standing on the sidewalk next to some busy street and cars whizzed past at unimaginable speeds.’
    zoom, streak, tear, shoot, dash, dart, fly, whistle, hurtle, rush, hurry, bolt, race, bound, speed, career, charge, hare, whizz, whoosh, buzz
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    1. 1.1Do or deal with quickly.
      ‘Audrey would whiz through a few chores in the shop’
      • ‘I whizzed through my GCSEs, acing geography with the only perfect score in the country.’
      • ‘Read on as Michael Stusser whizzes through the bizarre world of Japanese lunch art.’
      • ‘We'd whizz through slicing and wrapping and try to get the quota done as quickly as possible.’
      • ‘A new wall painting by Richard Long and Monet's Waterlilies gaze at each other balefully and the visitor just whizzes through.’
      • ‘One of these whizzes through about 30 variations of a skeletonised ‘Little Brown Jug’ with witty compositional virtuosity.’
      • ‘Excited, she whizzes through the rest of the vacuuming.’
      • ‘He whizzes through the kind of past American legends are made of, everything carefully documented and produced at the proper stage of the recitation.’
      • ‘I whizzed through Year 2 without getting caught.’
      • ‘Once you've cracked the control and played through the levels once or twice, you can whizz through the game very quickly.’
      • ‘This is ideal for anyone whizzing through in a lunch-break (although it is perfectly possible to take a leisurely stroll through all the rooms in an hour).’
    2. 1.2[no object]Cause to rotate in a machine, especially a food processor.
      ‘add remaining sauce and whiz until smooth’
      • ‘In a food processor, whizz the cream cheese and pepper till smooth, adding a spoonful of cream if needed to soften.’
      • ‘Minced lamb or beef is whizzed in the food processor with the spices, fresh herbs and onion, then threaded on to thick, flat metal skewers or shaped into meatballs and cooked on a grill or in a hot pan.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, make the pesto: whizz the rocket, pine nuts and cheese in a food processor with about 6 tbsp oil - enough to give a thick paste- and season to taste.’
      • ‘To make the pancakes, whiz the flour, salt, eggs and milk until smooth in a food blender or liquidiser.’
      • ‘To make the pastry, briefly whiz the butter, flour and sugar in the food processor until it is rough crumbs.’
      • ‘Remove the muslin bag then whiz the vegetables and liquid in a food processor or blender until smooth.’
      • ‘In a food processor, whizz the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and pepper until pale and smooth.’
      • ‘While the mixture churns, whiz the strawberries to a purée in a food processor.’
      • ‘Here, add a few drops to the mixture as you whiz it in the processor.’
      • ‘Some shred the beetroot, some julienne it, and some cube it, while modernists whiz it in a food processor.’
      • ‘But soon the mystery is resolved when he adds cold butter, to reduce the temperature, and whizzes the mixture with an electric whisk until it is frothy.’
      • ‘Drain the oranges, cut into quarters, discard any major pips, and whiz the rest, including peel, in the food-processor, then cool.’
      • ‘Roughly chop the beetroot and whiz it in a food processor or blender with the garlic, pine nuts, grated Parmesan and sea salt.’
      • ‘Make the pastry case by whizzing the flour and butter in a food processor until they resemble fine breadcrumbs.’
      • ‘You whizz everything together in a food processor, spread the mixture over a large baking tray, then freeze it for an hour.’
      • ‘Shortly before serving, whiz the tapenade ingredients in a food processor until smooth.’
      • ‘Just whiz some of the bread in a food processor until it becomes a pile of coarse crumbs.’
      • ‘Don't be tempted to whiz the potatoes in a food processor, though, or you'll end up with a gluey goo.’
      • ‘You can stick a vanilla pod into a jar of sugar to flavour it, or for a more rounded taste, you can whizz the sugar with the whole pod or just the seeds in an electric mixer.’
      • ‘To make the hoummos, combine the chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt, tahina and water in a food processor and whiz them to a creamy purée, adding more water if needed.’
  • 2informal [no object] Urinate.

    • ‘But its not socially acceptable to even discuss whether those views originate from the almighty or a drunken guy whizzing on a tree stump.’


  • 1A whistling or whooshing sound made by something moving fast through the air.

    • ‘A bullet ripped through the air above his head with a whizz, another round thudded into the muddy ground nearby.’
    • ‘The roar of the tank, the buzz of the jeep, and the sudden whiz of the banshee add the right amount of ambiance to an action game.’
    • ‘I can add whizzes, bangs and sparkles really easily.’
    • ‘There were no whizzes, screeches and oohs and aaahs.’
    • ‘Add in the fact that when the actual image is being produced, the tube thumps and bangs and whizzes, while the technician is telling you to hold your breath!’
    • ‘There was a faint twang, followed by a quiet whiz, as a crossbow bolt flew through the air and collided with a thump into the side of the vent.’
    • ‘When she switches it on, the sound is so familiar, it's the furious whiz of a laundry load in its last spin.’
    • ‘Other than that, the £25m building site at the Vauxhall End drowned out the noise of the cricket with whirrings and crashes, whizzes and bangs.’
    • ‘He fired and there was a huge bang, followed by a whiz.’
    • ‘Those with a hearty appetite for the whiz of bullets, the bang of artillery, dying declarations, famous last words, and eyewitness accounts of the face of battle will not be disappointed.’
  • 2informal A person who is extremely clever at something.

    ‘a computer whiz’
    • ‘My aunt used to be the cooking wiz in our family.’
    • ‘This slim fast-talking man is a whiz with an auction hammer.’
    • ‘Levitt is clearly a whizz with numbers, great long strings of them, as he demonstrates during the book following this slightly jarring, self-deprecating introduction.’
    • ‘Julian Cope, former rock god and pagan poet, has an oddly Establishment sideline - he's a whizz on archeology, as his latest book proves.’
    • ‘But then, the history and culinary whizzes among you (who are probably shaking your heads sadly by now) probably already knew that.’
    • ‘People often envision a costume designer as a sewing whiz with a mouthful of pins and a faithful dressmaker's dummy.’
    • ‘Rob Schmidt, a whiz with electronic devices, is a firm believer in honesty, telling you anything, no matter how awkward the position.’
    • ‘This is the second sequel to the superhit action flick Mission Impossible and has been directed by JJ Abrams, the whiz behind television serials like Alias and Lost.’
    • ‘It turns out that Rooftop, the pot-smoking penitent, was a whiz at Latin when he was in Catholic school.’
    • ‘As I have proved myself to be the creative whiz around the place, most of it fell to me.’
    • ‘Guitar whiz Sterling was first heard by the rock community as the electric player for the Joint Chiefs, prior to releasing two fine solo blues CDs.’
    • ‘I had become a wiz with the computer, and all of the librarians relied on me.’
    • ‘If I was a science wiz, do you think I'd be in summer school in the first place?’
    • ‘I'm not the best cook, but I'm a wiz with laundry.’
    • ‘‘So, they tell me you're a bit of a wiz at this online retail stuff,’ I mention in passing, once we've got the introductory formalities out of the way.’
    • ‘She, being a financial wiz, had told me to transfer my balance to a card with 0% APR, and then transfer it again after nine months.’
    • ‘Luckily, my mom is a wiz at computer stuff and she's managed to restore Windows without damaging any of my data (at least, it appears that way).’
    • ‘I'm not a marketing whiz, but now that the Alliance brand has been defeated and moribund for 3 years, it's over as a political brand.’
    • ‘Aside from being a whiz at cutting and styling hair, he also understands our hair needs.’
    • ‘I'm a bit of a wiz with a text editor, so creating files should be a snap.’
    genius, expert, master, master hand, artist, maestro, prodigy, marvel, adept, past master, specialist, skilled person, professional, doyen, authority, veteran
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  • 3North American informal An act of urinating.

    • ‘Mind you, I do prefer to sneak outside sometimes and just have a whiz on the lemon tree in the backyard.’
    • ‘They now leave the door open so that Carol Ann can go in there on her own and have a whiz.’
    • ‘Go stand in corner, take a whiz, shake it off, zip up.’
    • ‘You walk into the theater's basement, you look, you go take a whizz, you come out, you look again, you check your zipper, and then you leave.’


Mid 16th century: imitative.