Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

pizazz

or piz·zazz

[puh-zaz]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun Informal.
  1. energy; vitality; vigor.
  2. attractive style; dash; flair.
Show More

Origin of pizazz

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; origin obscure
Related formspi·zazz·y, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for pizzazz

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for pizzazz

pizzazz

pizazz

noun
  1. informal an attractive combination of energy and style; sparkle, vitality, glamourAlso called: pazzazz, pazazz, pzazz
Show More

Word Origin

C20: origin obscure
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for pizzazz

pizazz

n.

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]
Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper