Meaning of whizz-kid in English:


(also whiz-kid)

Pronunciation /ˈwɪzkɪd/


  • A young person who is outstandingly skilful or successful at something.

    • ‘a computer whizz-kid’
    • ‘Aspiring computer whizz-kids will get the chance to learn from the experts.’
    • ‘Here, a team of young computer science whizz-kids are putting the finishing touches to Alex.’
    • ‘Now they're musicians, computer whiz-kids and heads of corporations.’
    • ‘The program features interviews with businessmen as diverse as toilet-seat designers, magazine editors and computer whiz-kids.’
    • ‘Now new economy whizz-kids are jostling for space on millionaires row in China.’
    • ‘Sarah Bianchi, 31, yet another Harvard grad who has survived Al Gore and Teddy Kennedy for the past six years, is a whiz-kid at solving economic riddles.’
    • ‘And as various braying City analysts, experts and whiz-kids filled the airwaves with their post-event wisdom, the explanation for this became clear.’
    • ‘There have been a few teething problems, sorted out by a computer whiz-kid friend of my husband and - embarrassingly - my eight-year-old daughter.’
    • ‘On the other hand, age is no impediment to a high-flying career in the City or in IT: many of the current crop of whizz-kids are under 30.’
    • ‘In the shadows of the Twin Towers, Wall St's whizz-kids regularly traded stock exchange madness for calmer floor space at O'Hara's bar.’
    • ‘Science whizz-kids yesterday took on the tricky task of extracting DNA from a kiwi fruit.’
    • ‘Branson, whose derring-do and orthodontic architecture has charmed a million housewives, still presents himself as the youthful whizz-kid, although he is 50 this summer.’
    • ‘A corporate whizz-kid from the Kennedy era, he was the US's secretary of defence at the time of the Cuban missile crisis and is widely considered to have been one of the architects of the Vietnam War.’
    • ‘The Walton whizz-kid, tipped to be the most talented on the UK skate scene, was talent-spotted at the resort's skatepark three years ago.’
    • ‘Even whizz-kid Marco Melandri - with a full season on the M1 behind him - could not match Rossi's pace.’
    • ‘Hi-tech babble from tech whiz-kids will not make an entrepreneur part with a single euro if the entrepreneur is not convinced of the financial return.’
    • ‘The techno whiz-kids at Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin have developed a prototype of a shock-resistant ball-cam.’
    • ‘The 24-year-old Burroughs, an advertising whiz-kid from the age of 19, has never been anything but contrived.’
    • ‘Willie Walsh was the new whiz-kid who dragged Aer Lingus into the modern age.’
    • ‘Meredith Edwards flies in from Wellington to look for her brother Michael, a whizz-kid historian who has gone missing.’
    genius, expert, master, master hand, artist, maestro, prodigy, marvel, adept, past master, specialist, skilled person, professional, doyen, authority, veteran