whiz·​bang ˈ(h)wiz-ˌbaŋ How to pronounce whizbang (audio)
variants or less commonly whizzbang
: one that is conspicuous for noise, speed, excellence, or startling effect
whiz-bang adjective

Examples of whizbang in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ground floor, flecked with vivid-red Fritz Hansen swan chairs, comprised classrooms, a state-of-the-art auditorium, and a workshop of whizbangs and doodads called the Makerspace. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2023 Amid the Valley’s sports and entertainment venues that feature the latest whizbang technology and comforts for fans, stands their humble, overlooked predecessor — the Phoenix Coliseum. Douglas C. Towne, The Arizona Republic, 9 Sep. 2022 In other words, EyeDetect may not need whizbang technology. Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2021 The late Luke Holland’s new documentary, Final Account, is a more muted examination of similar questions, without the whizbang grotesquerie that Oppenheimer and his colleagues captured. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, 19 May 2021 Amazon might be dialing back consumerism, but big companies are still getting ready to sell you the latest whizbangs. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 17 Apr. 2020 Far less whizbang, but likely more transformative, are recent upgrades to last generation’s big-data breakthrough: the electronic health record (EHR). Fortune, 19 Mar. 2018 Right alongside them was Petty, who used his deadpan demeanor as an antidote to all the whizbang wizardy going on in the other videos that made it into heavy rotation on the video channel. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 3 Oct. 2017 But Hedman concluded that adding whizbang animations to the app’s virtual page-turns risked making these moments too overwhelming. Kyle Vanhemert, WIRED, 3 Dec. 2014 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of whizbang was in 1915

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“Whizbang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whizbang. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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: excellent, first-class
a whiz-bang mechanic
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