- energy; vitality; vigor.
- attractive style; dash; flair.
Origin of pizazz
An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; origin obscure
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Examples from the Web for pizazz
This suggests that there is a little bit of a lack of pizazz tonight?Best of the Golden Globes
January 17, 2010
Word Origin and History for pizazz
also pizzaz; pizzazz, 1937, probably originally college or show-biz slang.
Pizazz, to quote the editor of the Harvard Lampoon, is an indefinable dynamic quality, the je ne sais quoi of function; as for instance, adding Scotch puts pizazz into a drink. Certain clothes have it, too. ["Harper's Bazaar," March 1937]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper