whiz kid

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Definition of whiz kid

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

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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 His Afghanistan Campaign Medal also enabled him to round out a candidate profile that could have been assembled in a Democratic candidate laboratory: Rust Belt mayor, Ivy League whiz kid, married gay veteran. Author: Steve Hendrix, Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "How Pete Buttigieg went from war protester to ‘packing my bags for Afghanistan’," 29 July 2019 Schaefer started teaching the ins and outs of spelling in the early 1970s, and, as the legend of his storied passion grows among Denver’s spelling whiz kids, Schaefer is determined to train a successor to his spelling throne. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "“Bill’s kids”: A 77-year-old Denverite has dedicated his life to coaching spelling for free “out of the goodness of his heart”," 10 June 2019 But the problem is the people that create the algorithms are usually politically-correct whiz kids. Fox News, "Trump touts economy in the heartland," 27 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of whiz kid

circa 1942, in the meaning defined above

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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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