Definition of whizz in English:


(North American whiz)


  • 1with adverbial of direction Move quickly through the air with a whistling or buzzing sound.

    ‘the missiles whizzed past’
    • ‘The sound of cars whizzing by on the lonely suburban road always had a calming effect on him.’
    • ‘The control tower is so noisy with aeroplanes whizzing past.’
    • ‘Suddenly the silence was interrupted by the sound of arrows whizzing and striking soft objects.’
    • ‘He likes the traffic noise, the zoom of cars whizzing up and down Great Western Road.’
    • ‘A bullet whizzed past her leg, close enough to tear her dress.’
    • ‘The sounds of armor-piercing bullets and missiles whizzing past your head is eerily believable.’
    • ‘Powerful legs lifted Copperhead off the ground as 7.62 mm rounds whizzed by, narrowly missing their targets.’
    • ‘Synth notes bob, bend and warble, producing a strange, droning, Doppler effect, whizzing past the listener like vehicles on a Tron superhighway.’
    • ‘Missiles and bullets whizzed past his car, only narrowly avoiding the tail.’
    • ‘I'd already spent an hour at a bus stop in the ‘burbs, staring at the cars whizzing past, going about their business.’
    • ‘Cars whizz round the one-way system, trapping pedestrians on a small triangular island in the middle of the flow.’
    • ‘Bullets whizzed past us as our fellow soldiers laid down round after round of cover fire.’
    • ‘Balancing on the verge with traffic whizzing past close behind me was hair raising.’
    • ‘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 wind was playing tricks, lifting heaps of dried leaves, whizzing them round, and shifting them from one end of the garden to the other.’
    • ‘Just the sound of the ball whizzing past me as I was struck out yet again.’
    • ‘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 unloaded a few rounds that whizzed right in front of her nose.’
    • ‘Residents have been complaining about the sound of engines and bikes whizzing past them as they walk on footpaths.’
    • ‘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, whoosh, buzz
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    1. 1.1 Move or go quickly.
      ‘cobbled streets where people whizzed back and forth on bicycles’
      figurative ‘the weeks whizzed by’
      • ‘The streets of Solyana whizzed past them at breakneck speed.’
      • ‘I shall wave to Coventry tonight as we whizz past on the M6.’
      • ‘As Cezanne country whizzes past on the way home, I settle in and start to dream, colours blurring in the warmth of the mid-afternoon champagne whoosh.’
      • ‘Some think it's fun to whizz over the speed hump and see how fast they can take off.’
      • ‘I knew nothing until I felt the heat behind me and saw pieces of debris whizzing past me.’
      • ‘It's those damned cyclists speeding up behind without warning, scaring the living daylights out of you as they whizz past, that are the menaces.’
      • ‘I bounded at top speed down the hallway, whizzing past a few folks who were walking the other way.’
      • ‘Through an arrangement of squares and a glass window he could see the city and countryside whizzing past; the speed was unpleasant, and it nauseated him.’
      • ‘Pictures of places and people whizzed past them quickly.’
      • ‘It's chunky and nippy and it's perfect for whizzing round the country roads.’
      • ‘We were seated right next to the pitch and the ball came whizzing past us a few times.’
      • ‘Now she whizzes round the streets, seeing friends, going to the shops and going to school.’
      • ‘They seem to whiz by so quickly, compared with when you were young.’
      • ‘But driving home that night, with the day's events whizzing round in my head, I did wonder if we were just preaching to the converted.’
      • ‘Lord Dholakia took one look, then whizzed away at impressive speed for one so short.’
      • ‘Anna, my sister, would pass out almost instantly, while it would turn my big brother David into a speed freak, whizzing around the house like a mad thing.’
      • ‘Ali shouted to me to hold on tight because he thought he could see some fish, and sure enough, the line on the double-handed rod started whizzing away at high speed.’
      • ‘The noise levels rose by more than a few decibels, while the games whizzed by at such speed that they made Concorde look slow.’
      • ‘And, perhaps because the routine is the same every day, time seems to be whizzing past as if someone had overwound the clock.’
      • ‘The first time Howard Wright went to the new Paddington Waterside development, he drove straight past, whizzing up the Edgware Road and into Maida Vale before he realised his mistake.’
    2. 1.2whizz through Do or deal with quickly.
      ‘Audrey would whizz through a few chores in the shop’
      • ‘We'd whizz through slicing and wrapping and try to get the quota done as quickly as possible.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘A new wall painting by Richard Long and Monet's Waterlilies gaze at each other balefully and the visitor just whizzes through.’
      • ‘Read on as Michael Stusser whizzes through the bizarre world of Japanese lunch art.’
      • ‘I whizzed through Year 2 without getting caught.’
      • ‘I whizzed through my GCSEs, acing geography with the only perfect score in the country.’
      • ‘One of these whizzes through about 30 variations of a skeletonised ‘Little Brown Jug’ with witty compositional virtuosity.’
      • ‘Once you've cracked the control and played through the levels once or twice, you can whizz through the game very quickly.’
    3. 1.3with object Blend (ingredients) in a food processor or liquidizer.
      ‘whizz the mixture to a smooth paste’
      • ‘Make the pastry case by whizzing the flour and butter in a food processor until they resemble fine breadcrumbs.’
      • ‘To make the pastry, briefly whiz the butter, flour and sugar in the food processor until it is rough crumbs.’
      • ‘Some shred the beetroot, some julienne it, and some cube it, while modernists whiz it in a food processor.’
      • ‘To make the pancakes, whiz the flour, salt, eggs and milk until smooth in a food blender or liquidiser.’
      • ‘Shortly before serving, whiz the tapenade ingredients in a food processor until smooth.’
      • ‘Here, add a few drops to the mixture as you whiz it in the processor.’
      • ‘In a food processor, whizz the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and pepper until pale and smooth.’
      • ‘Don't be tempted to whiz the potatoes in a food processor, though, or you'll end up with a gluey goo.’
      • ‘While the mixture churns, whiz the strawberries to a purée in a food processor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You whizz everything together in a food processor, spread the mixture over a large baking tray, then freeze it for an hour.’
      • ‘Remove the muslin bag then whiz the vegetables and liquid in a food processor or blender until smooth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Roughly chop the beetroot and whiz it in a food processor or blender with the garlic, pine nuts, grated Parmesan and sea salt.’
      • ‘In a food processor, whizz the cream cheese and pepper till smooth, adding a spoonful of cream if needed to soften.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Just whiz some of the bread in a food processor until it becomes a pile of coarse crumbs.’
  • 2informal 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 buzzing sound made by something moving fast through the air.

    • ‘I can add whizzes, bangs and sparkles really easily.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 were no whizzes, screeches and oohs and aaahs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A bullet ripped through the air above his head with a whizz, another round thudded into the muddy ground nearby.’
    • ‘He fired and there was a huge bang, followed by a whiz.’
    1. 1.1informal in singular A fast movement or brief tour.
      ‘a quick whizz around the research-and-development facility’
      • ‘A quick whiz around the New York streets today showed how little people were shopping in the run-up to Christmas.’
      • ‘And it'd be a whizz around the garden, shifting the compost heap and the like.’
      • ‘Other highlights of the weekend were seeing Alison Lapper Pregnant, and a swift whizz around the National Portrait Gallery on Sunday morning.’
      • ‘So send the children out for another whizz around the shops and indulge yourself for a while.’
      • ‘But 76-year-old Nat did not mind one bit as he threw himself into the action with a few games of table football and a quick whizz around the pool table.’
      • ‘So I took the wife with me planning to have a quick whiz around the shop looking at the prices and stuff.’
      • ‘All that remained was a quick whizz round a few interesting features of the park - the Mangrove Channel, the fissures from an earthquake in the 80s and the Magic Lagoon.’
      • ‘We joined my Mum, Dad, Uncle Michael and my parents' neighbour for coffee followed by a whiz around the market.’
      • ‘On a brief whiz round the village last week, I identified sixteen building sites, large and small, where work was in progress from the new fence at the Golf Club to the lounge at the rear of Harry's Bar.’
      • ‘For many people in Ireland, the autumn break means a trip to France by ferry to have a quick whizz around Normandy or Brittany, where they usually have just a little more sunshine than us.’
  • 2informal A person who is extremely clever at something.

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mind you, I do prefer to sneak outside sometimes and just have a whiz on the lemon tree in the backyard.’
  • 4British informal mass noun Amphetamines.

    • ‘Cops hid two bags of whizz to demonstrate their sniffer dog's prowess, but only one was retrieved.’
    • ‘It was the cool thing to get drunk, take trips or whiz etc.’
    • ‘Oh, and a wrap of whizz for those all-nighters at Wigan Casino or the Mecca in Blackpool.’
    • ‘They appear to be the result of a terrifying experiment involving monkeys, The Libertines, The Fall and a bathtub full of bad homemade whizz.’
    • ‘Our band is like The Clash down Sesame Street with a bag of pink whizz, don't you think?’
    • ‘And jackdaws say they can sort you for whiz, pills and charlie.’
    • ‘He handed me my passport and I was out of there quicker than a whippet on whizz.’
    • ‘Maybe if you don't take whizz or drink booze we can have a lovely time together.’


Mid 16th century: imitative.