In this famous song from The Wizard of Oz I do not completely understand the words whiz and wiz. I think it's probably a play on words.

What is the meaning of each use of wiz or whiz?

We're off to see the Wizard

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

We hear he is a whiz of a wiz

If ever a wiz there was

If ever, oh ever, a wiz there was

The Wizard of Oz is one because

Because, because, because, because, because

Because of the wonderful things he does

We're off to see the wizard

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!

  • "each word in each line? " ?! What exactly do you want to ask? :)
    – Kris
    Jan 13, 2012 at 12:00
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    @Kris as "wiz" is said seveeral times I wasn't sure if the meaning was always the same
    – Juanillo
    Jan 13, 2012 at 12:08
  • I believe for the lyrics to make sense (in the nominal way a silly song can do so) the second and third "wiz"s should be "whiz". I believe the point of the lyric is that the Wizard of Oz should be considered an excellent example of a wizard, if such excellent examples are to be found. As it is written by OP, it suggests that the Wizard of Oz should be considered an excellent example of a wizard, if there is such a thing as a wizard. I believe the former interpretation is preferable.
    – Joel Brown
    Jan 13, 2012 at 14:23

3 Answers 3


Wiz is a short form for Wizard.

In the context above Whiz means:


"clever person," 1914, probably a special use of whiz "something remarkable" (1908), an extended sense of whizz; or perhaps a shortened form of wizard. Noun phrase whiz kid is from 1930s, a take-off on a radio show's quiz kid. - Online Etymology

Synonyms for Whiz

ace, genius, virtuoso, prodigy, expert, clever

The Author is using the homonymes whiz and wiz to create a word play. He is saying that the Wizard in the Wizard of Oz is the smartest, cleverest Wizard that exists because of all the wonderful things he does.

The original meaning of Whiz:

Whiz started out as onomatopoeia describing:

  1. To make a whirring or hissing sound, as of an object speeding through air.
  2. To move swiftly with or as if with such a sound; rush: whizzed past on a ten-speed

thank you Jay Elston for the last part

I hope I could help ; )

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    Whiz started out as onomatopoeia, and was (and still is) applied to objects that move through the air, such as arrows or birds. Later, it was used to describe people who ran fast (he is a whiz at football). Finally one of its meanings evolved to describe remarkable people.
    – Jay Elston
    Jan 13, 2012 at 21:19
  • yes you are correct. Thank you for teaching me a new word. I didn't know what onomatopoeia was. ( I looked it up ; ) )
    – xtarsy
    Jan 16, 2012 at 8:09

Wiz is short for wizard. Whiz means something remarkable.


'Whiz' and 'wiz' are variant spellings of the standard 'whizz'. 'Whiz' is more typical throughout North America and 'wiz' tends to be favoured when used alongside the related word 'wizard', which has a secondary definition identical to 'whizz'/'whiz'/'wiz': an extremely clever person. Thus 'a whizz of a whizz' is someone who is not only extremely clever but who is perceived to be extremely clever even amongst extremely clever people.

  • Technically you appear to be correct, but your answer could use some references.
    – Hot Licks
    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:31

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