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: designed to arouse wonder or excitement or to amplify the merits or significance of something especially by the use of clever or sensational language
play-by-play specialists who wallow in gee-whiz banalityJack Gould
: marked by spectacular or astonishing qualities or achievement
gee-whiz technology
: characterized by wide-eyed enthusiasm, excitement, and wonder

Examples of gee-whiz in a Sentence

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In thoughtful Hollywood narratives, though, the focus often veers from the gee-whiz capabilities of AI to the emotionally relatable spectrum of how humans interact with intelligent machines. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2023 Both designers cautioned against incorporating video design into a show solely to crank up the wow factor of gee-whiz technology. Gordon Cox, Variety, 5 Sep. 2023 The enterprise could have been the gee-whiz operatic equivalent of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland putting on a play in a barn, but state-of-the-art audio and video production values and a stellar cast and orchestra made this an alluring show. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2023 Trending Which isn’t to say there’s not a certain gee-whiz fun to be had from Back to the Future Part II, at least for those who can get a kick out of its Heinlein-by-way-of-Amblin convolutions. A.a. Dowd, Rolling Stone, 18 June 2023 Others worry about the potential to turn off viewers with too much gee-whiz technology. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 17 Apr. 2023 Forget the gee-whiz, fanzine frills -- although there is enough celebrity schmoozing to indulge an MTV mentality. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Mar. 2023
Wow, gee whiz, golly wolly! Eric Todisco, Peoplemag, 24 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History



derivative of gee whiz

First Known Use


1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gee-whiz was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Gee-whiz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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