Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To make a whirring or hissing sound, as of an object speeding through air.
  • intransitive verb To move or do something quickly.
  • intransitive verb To pass quickly.
  • intransitive verb Vulgar Slang To urinate.
  • intransitive verb To throw or spin rapidly.
  • intransitive verb To mix or spin (ingredients), as in a blender.
  • noun A whirring or hissing sound, as of an object speeding through air.
  • noun Informal A person considered exceptionally gifted or skilled.
  • idiom (take a whiz) To urinate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See whizz.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A hissing and humming sound.
  • intransitive verb To make a humming or hissing sound, like an arrow or ball flying through the air; to fly or move swiftly with a sharp hissing or whistling sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To make a whirring or hissing sound, similar to that of an object speeding through the air
  • verb To rush or move swiftly with such a sound
  • verb To throw or spin rapidly
  • verb slang To urinate
  • noun A whirring or hissing sound (as above)
  • noun informal Someone who is remarkably skilled at something
  • noun slang, especially with the verb “take” Wiz; the act of urinating
  • noun UK, slang, uncountable amphetamine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a buzzing or hissing sound as of something traveling rapidly through the air
  • noun someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
  • verb make a soft swishing sound

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Imitative. N., sense 2, from shortening and alteration of wizard.]

Examples

  • Her proto-hippie collection was safe, sellable and sort of pretty (if you enjoy dressing from the Urban Outfitters clearance rack) but far from the dazzle that was the work of Mondo, the elfin whiz who has wowed us week after week.

    Watercooler: Project Wrong Way Runway

  • I do a dozen eggs at a time in whiz them up in the blender.

    Breaking the fast with tacos | Homesick Texan

  • At the other end of the sofa sits my good friend Adam (all names in this piece have been changed) — a Jewish science whiz from the New York suburbs who ate magic mushrooms one evening, had a vision, and switched from pre-med to English literature.

    Lost in the Meritocracy

  • At the other end of the sofa sits my good friend Adam (all names in this piece have been changed) — a Jewish science whiz from the New York suburbs who ate magic mushrooms one evening, had a vision, and switched from pre-med to English literature.

    Lost in the Meritocracy

  • This made the terrain whiz by so fast that it caused the images to blur.

    Eckley, Wayne A.

  • This made the terrain whiz by so fast that it caused the images to blur.

    Osborne, Edwin N. Jr.

  • This made the terrain whiz by so fast that it caused the images to blur.

    Darcy, Edward J.

  • This made the terrain whiz by so fast that it caused the images to blur.

    McCrary, Jack

  • This made the terrain whiz by so fast that it caused the images to blur.

    Williams, James R.

  • This made the terrain whiz by so fast that it caused the images to blur.

    Wenaas, Gordon J.

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  • also whizz.

    December 12, 2007