whiz kid

noun
variants: or less commonly whizz kid

Definition of whiz kid 

: a person who is unusually intelligent, clever, or successful especially at an early age

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To reach the championship round, the finalists first had to beat more than 50 of the nation's top geography whiz kids, surviving a gauntlet of brain-twisting questions and heartbreaking eliminations. CBS News, "National Geographic Bee champion wins with a guess," 24 May 2018 That proposal bandied about by a group of science whiz kids in December of 2015 is now an airplane on display on the second floor of the school. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Plane built by Andrew High School students nearly ready for takeoff," 14 Apr. 2018 The next 48-hours will indeed be taxing for the 33-year-old hoodie and flip-flop-wearing whiz kid who started Facebook from his Harvard dorm room with a chip on his shoulder. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Why Mark Zuckerberg’s Suit Should Be a Wake-Up Call for Aspiring Tech Brainiacs Everywhere," 10 Apr. 2018 The soft-spoken Texan was a whiz kid trader at Enron before its fall. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "A billionaire couple is pumping money into the drug pricing debate. Can they loosen pharma’s grip?," 26 Mar. 2018 There’s a lot of growing up happening in today’s tech industry, where former whiz kids made their fortunes and are now settling down, starting families and starting to think about their legacies. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "The Young Terrors of Tech Grow a Bit Older, and Wiser," 14 Mar. 2018 So do T’Challa’s tech-whiz kid sister Shuri (Letitia Wright), his army general Okoye (Danai Gurira) and massive Wakandan warrior M’Baku (Winston Duke). Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Black Panther': What those end-credits scenes tell us (spoilers!) about Marvel's future," 17 Feb. 2018 After Borgstrom starred for Finland’s U-17 and U-19 national teams, word reached the Denver coaching staff about this tall and slender whiz kid in Europe. Walter Villa, miamiherald, "This Florida Panthers prospect was an immediate sensation. And he’s only gotten better," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of whiz kid

circa 1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whiz kid

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whiz kid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whiz kid

: a person who is unusually intelligent or successful especially at an early age

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