whiz kid

variants: or less commonly whizz kid

Definition of whiz kid

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

Examples of whiz kid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beane, a former whiz kid, is now one of baseball’s elder statesmen. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Will John Fisher, Billy Beane and Bob Melvin remain together with A’s?," 3 Oct. 2020 This a true story about how a budget-conscience general manager in charge of a small-market team and young whiz kid successfully reinvented baseball from an analytical perspective in 2002. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Film study: The Denver Post sports department’s favorite sports movies to ride out the coronavirus," 1 May 2020 This will yield a cool $2 million for Jimmy and Kim, which Kim plans to plow into a pro bono clinic, staffed with whiz kids lured from the city’s white-shoe firms. David Segal, New York Times, "‘Better Call Saul’ Season 5 Finale Recap: Close Calls," 20 Apr. 2020 Woody Harrelson is in top-notch dirtbag form as a hard-luck former bowling champ who takes the Amish whiz kid Randy Quaid on the road as his manager and hustler. Jason Bailey, New York Times, "The 10 Funniest Movies on Netflix," 8 Apr. 2020 Luckily, his young, Good Will Hunting-style whiz kid coach Kyle Shanahan can draw up a plan to win any kind of game. Rob Picheta, CNN, "A rookie's guide to Super Bowl LIV," 1 Feb. 2020 No, with his suit, neatly parted hair, and his flat Midwestern vowels, Krein appeared like a whiz kid from the Kennedy Administration. Thomas Meaney, Harper's magazine, "Trumpism After Trump," 20 Jan. 2020 In June 2017, Vitalik Buterin, the Russian-Canadian whiz kid developer of the Ethereum cryptocurrency platform, reportedly managed to convince Putin of blockchain’s charms during a chance meeting at a conference. Wired, "The Shady Cryptocurrency Boom on the Post-Soviet Frontier," 29 Oct. 2019 This is a big week for Ozzie Vazquez, the young whiz kid and Chinatown resident who hit the books hard in both Mexico and Los Angeles. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: I’ve got some immigrants I’d like Donald Trump to meet," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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16 Oct 2020

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“Whiz kid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whiz%20kid. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of whiz kid

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

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