Definition of whiz in US English:

whiz

(also whizz)

verb

  • 1with adverbial of direction 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Balancing on the verge with traffic whizzing past close behind me was hair raising.’
    • ‘Synth notes bob, bend and warble, producing a strange, droning, Doppler effect, whizzing past the listener like vehicles on a Tron superhighway.’
    • ‘The control tower is so noisy with aeroplanes whizzing past.’
    • ‘Powerful legs lifted Copperhead off the ground as 7.62 mm rounds whizzed by, narrowly missing their targets.’
    • ‘Cars whizz round the one-way system, trapping pedestrians on a small triangular island in the middle of the flow.’
    • ‘The sounds of armor-piercing bullets and missiles whizzing past your head is eerily believable.’
    • ‘The sound of cars whizzing by on the lonely suburban road always had a calming effect on him.’
    • ‘Suddenly the silence was interrupted by the sound of arrows whizzing and striking soft objects.’
    • ‘Bullets whizzed past us as our fellow soldiers laid down round after round of cover fire.’
    • ‘Missiles and bullets whizzed past his car, only narrowly avoiding the tail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was standing on the sidewalk next to some busy street and cars whizzed past at unimaginable speeds.’
    • ‘I'd already spent an hour at a bus stop in the ‘burbs, staring at the cars whizzing past, going about their business.’
    • ‘Residents have been complaining about the sound of engines and bikes whizzing past them as they walk on footpaths.’
    • ‘A bullet whizzed past her leg, close enough to tear her dress.’
    • ‘He unloaded a few rounds that whizzed right in front of her nose.’
    • ‘Just the sound of the ball whizzing past me as I was struck out yet again.’
    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. 1.1whiz through Do 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.’
      • ‘A new wall painting by Richard Long and Monet's Waterlilies gaze at each other balefully and the visitor just whizzes through.’
      • ‘He whizzes through the kind of past American legends are made of, everything carefully documented and produced at the proper stage of the recitation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We'd whizz through slicing and wrapping and try to get the quota done as quickly as possible.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘Once you've cracked the control and played through the levels once or twice, you can whizz through the game very quickly.’
      • ‘I whizzed through Year 2 without getting caught.’
    2. 1.2with object Cause to rotate in a machine, especially a food processor.
      ‘add remaining sauce and whiz until smooth’
      • ‘Drain the oranges, cut into quarters, discard any major pips, and whiz the rest, including peel, in the food-processor, then cool.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You whizz everything together in a food processor, spread the mixture over a large baking tray, then freeze it for an hour.’
      • ‘To make the pancakes, whiz the flour, salt, eggs and milk until smooth in a food blender or liquidiser.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a food processor, whizz the cream cheese and pepper till smooth, adding a spoonful of cream if needed to soften.’
      • ‘Roughly chop the beetroot and whiz it in a food processor or blender with the garlic, pine nuts, grated Parmesan and sea salt.’
      • ‘Shortly before serving, whiz the tapenade ingredients in a food processor until smooth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a food processor, whizz the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and pepper until pale and smooth.’
      • ‘Just whiz some of the bread in a food processor until it becomes a pile of coarse crumbs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Make the pastry case by whizzing the flour and butter in a food processor until they resemble fine breadcrumbs.’
      • ‘Here, add a few drops to the mixture as you whiz it in the processor.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘While the mixture churns, whiz the strawberries to a purée in a food processor.’
      • ‘Don't be tempted to whiz the potatoes in a food processor, though, or you'll end up with a gluey goo.’
      • ‘Some shred the beetroot, some julienne it, and some cube it, while modernists whiz it in a food processor.’
  • 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.’

noun

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

    • ‘When she switches it on, the sound is so familiar, it's the furious whiz of a laundry load in its last spin.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A bullet ripped through the air above his head with a whizz, another round thudded into the muddy ground nearby.’
    • ‘There were no whizzes, screeches and oohs and aaahs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can add whizzes, bangs and sparkles really easily.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2informal A person who is extremely clever at something.

    ‘a computer whiz’
    • ‘This slim fast-talking man is a whiz with an auction hammer.’
    • ‘As I have proved myself to be the creative whiz around the place, most of it fell to me.’
    • ‘If I was a science wiz, do you think I'd be in summer school in the first place?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rob Schmidt, a whiz with electronic devices, is a firm believer in honesty, telling you anything, no matter how awkward the position.’
    • ‘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'm not the best cook, but I'm a wiz with laundry.’
    • ‘My aunt used to be the cooking wiz in our family.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Aside from being a whiz at cutting and styling hair, he also understands our hair needs.’
    • ‘Julian Cope, former rock god and pagan poet, has an oddly Establishment sideline - he's a whizz on archeology, as his latest book proves.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘But then, the history and culinary whizzes among you (who are probably shaking your heads sadly by now) probably already knew that.’
    • ‘It turns out that Rooftop, the pot-smoking penitent, was a whiz at Latin when he was in Catholic school.’
    • ‘I'm a bit of a wiz with a text editor, so creating files should be a snap.’
    • ‘People often envision a costume designer as a sewing whiz with a mouthful of pins and a faithful dressmaker's dummy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 had become a wiz with the computer, and all of the librarians relied on me.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They now leave the door open so that Carol Ann can go in there on her own and have a whiz.’
    • ‘Mind you, I do prefer to sneak outside sometimes and just have a whiz on the lemon tree in the backyard.’
    • ‘Go stand in corner, take a whiz, shake it off, zip up.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

whiz

/(h)wɪz//(h)wiz/