Definition of whizz in English:


(North American whiz)


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

    ‘the missiles whizzed past’
    • ‘Cars whizz round the one-way system, trapping pedestrians on a small triangular island in the middle of the flow.’
    • ‘A bullet whizzed past her leg, close enough to tear her dress.’
    • ‘I'd already spent an hour at a bus stop in the ‘burbs, staring at the cars whizzing past, going about their business.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Balancing on the verge with traffic whizzing past close behind me was hair raising.’
    • ‘The sounds of armor-piercing bullets and missiles whizzing past your head is eerily believable.’
    • ‘Just the sound of the ball whizzing past me as I was struck out yet again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He unloaded a few rounds that whizzed right in front of her nose.’
    • ‘Powerful legs lifted Copperhead off the ground as 7.62 mm rounds whizzed by, narrowly missing their targets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was standing on the sidewalk next to some busy street and cars whizzed past at unimaginable speeds.’
    • ‘Residents have been complaining about the sound of engines and bikes whizzing past them as they walk on footpaths.’
    • ‘Synth notes bob, bend and warble, producing a strange, droning, Doppler effect, whizzing past the listener like vehicles on a Tron superhighway.’
    • ‘The sound of cars whizzing by on the lonely suburban road always had a calming effect on him.’
    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’
      • ‘I shall wave to Coventry tonight as we whizz past on the M6.’
      • ‘They seem to whiz by so quickly, compared with when you were young.’
      • ‘Some think it's fun to whizz over the speed hump and see how fast they can take off.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now she whizzes round the streets, seeing friends, going to the shops and going to school.’
      • ‘The streets of Solyana whizzed past them at breakneck speed.’
      • ‘It's chunky and nippy and it's perfect for whizzing round the country roads.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The noise levels rose by more than a few decibels, while the games whizzed by at such speed that they made Concorde look slow.’
      • ‘I bounded at top speed down the hallway, whizzing past a few folks who were walking the other way.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lord Dholakia took one look, then whizzed away at impressive speed for one so short.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And, perhaps because the routine is the same every day, time seems to be whizzing past as if someone had overwound the clock.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We were seated right next to the pitch and the ball came whizzing past us a few times.’
      • ‘I knew nothing until I felt the heat behind me and saw pieces of debris whizzing past me.’
      • ‘Pictures of places and people whizzed past them quickly.’
    2. 1.2whizz through Do or deal with quickly.
      ‘Audrey would whizz through a few chores in the shop’
      • ‘He whizzes through the kind of past American legends are made of, everything carefully documented and produced at the proper stage of the recitation.’
      • ‘We'd whizz through slicing and wrapping and try to get the quota done as quickly as possible.’
      • ‘One of these whizzes through about 30 variations of a skeletonised ‘Little Brown Jug’ with witty compositional virtuosity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 my GCSEs, acing geography with the only perfect score in the country.’
      • ‘I whizzed through Year 2 without getting caught.’
      • ‘Excited, she whizzes through the rest of the vacuuming.’
    3. 1.3with object Blend (ingredients) in a food processor or liquidizer.
      ‘whizz the mixture to a smooth paste’
      • ‘In a food processor, whizz the cream cheese and pepper till smooth, adding a spoonful of cream if needed to soften.’
      • ‘While the mixture churns, whiz the strawberries to a purée in a food processor.’
      • ‘To make the pastry, briefly whiz the butter, flour and sugar in the food processor until it is rough crumbs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Don't be tempted to whiz the potatoes in a food processor, though, or you'll end up with a gluey goo.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and pepper until pale and smooth.’
      • ‘Make the pastry case by whizzing the flour and butter in a food processor until they resemble fine breadcrumbs.’
      • ‘To make the pancakes, whiz the flour, salt, eggs and milk until smooth in a food blender or liquidiser.’
      • ‘Drain the oranges, cut into quarters, discard any major pips, and whiz the rest, including peel, in the food-processor, then cool.’
      • ‘You whizz everything together in a food processor, spread the mixture over a large baking tray, then freeze it for an hour.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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 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.

    • ‘When she switches it on, the sound is so familiar, it's the furious whiz of a laundry load in its last spin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He fired and there was a huge bang, followed by a whiz.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1informal in singular A fast movement or brief tour.
      ‘a quick whizz around the research-and-development facility’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Other highlights of the weekend were seeing Alison Lapper Pregnant, and a swift whizz around the National Portrait Gallery on Sunday morning.’
      • ‘We joined my Mum, Dad, Uncle Michael and my parents' neighbour for coffee followed by a whiz around the market.’
      • ‘So I took the wife with me planning to have a quick whiz around the shop looking at the prices and stuff.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So send the children out for another whizz around the shops and indulge yourself for a while.’
  • 2informal A person who is extremely clever at something.

    ‘a computer whizz’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My aunt used to be the cooking wiz in our family.’
    • ‘But then, the history and culinary whizzes among you (who are probably shaking your heads sadly by now) probably already knew that.’
    • ‘Rob Schmidt, a whiz with electronic devices, is a firm believer in honesty, telling you anything, no matter how awkward the position.’
    • ‘As I have proved myself to be the creative whiz around the place, most of it fell to me.’
    • ‘It turns out that Rooftop, the pot-smoking penitent, was a whiz at Latin when he was in Catholic school.’
    • ‘Julian Cope, former rock god and pagan poet, has an oddly Establishment sideline - he's a whizz on archeology, as his latest book proves.’
    • ‘I'm a bit of a wiz with a text editor, so creating files should be a snap.’
    • ‘This slim fast-talking man is a whiz with an auction hammer.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘People often envision a costume designer as a sewing whiz with a mouthful of pins and a faithful dressmaker's dummy.’
    • ‘Aside from being a whiz at cutting and styling hair, he also understands our hair needs.’
    • ‘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 had become a wiz with the computer, and all of the librarians relied on me.’
    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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They now leave the door open so that Carol Ann can go in there on her own and have a whiz.’
  • 4British informal mass noun Amphetamines.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cops hid two bags of whizz to demonstrate their sniffer dog's prowess, but only one was retrieved.’
    • ‘They appear to be the result of a terrifying experiment involving monkeys, The Libertines, The Fall and a bathtub full of bad homemade whizz.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our band is like The Clash down Sesame Street with a bag of pink whizz, don't you think?’
    • ‘Maybe if you don't take whizz or drink booze we can have a lovely time together.’


Mid 16th century: imitative.