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

  • n. Informal A young person who is exceptionally intelligent, innovatively clever, or precociously successful.

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  • n. A brilliant or accomplished young person.


Alteration of Quiz Kid, a panelist on an early game show.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • "Without their loan you can't take over Hong Kong Docks and Wharves, Royal Insurance of Hong Kong and Malaya, expand into Singapore or complete a lot of other tricky little deals you've on your agenda — you and your newfound friend, Mason Loft, the whiz kid of Threadneedle Street.

    Noble House

  • The names contained on the list had been compiled by one of Burdick's spies — a young partner who was not particularly talented at practicing law but was a whiz kid at getting supposedly secret information out of people at the firm.

    Mistress of Justice

  • Paul McCartney married a woman with only one leg. And perhaps most curious, postironic literary whiz kid Dave Eggers has opened a pirate store in San Francisco.

    Chuck Klosterman on Media and Culture


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