- showiness, brilliance, or virtuosity in technique or effect, often without concomitant substance or worth; flashy theatricality: The razzle-dazzle of the essay's metaphors cannot disguise its shallowness of thought.
- Chiefly Football. deceptive action typically consisting of a series of complex maneuvers, as a double reverse or hand-off, usually executed in a flashy manner: a team relying more on power and speed than razzle-dazzle.
- confusion, commotion, or riotous gaiety.
- impressively opulent or decorative, especially in a new way; showy; flashy; eye-catching: a shopping center lined with razzle-dazzle boutiques.
- energetic, dynamic, or innovative: razzle-dazzle technology; a razzle-dazzle sales pitch.
Origin of razzle-dazzle
Examples from the Web for razzle-dazzle
But he did speak to the issue of the razzle-dazzle camera moves, at least indirectly.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
You knew this would be razzle-dazzle, filled with glitter and popping bottles and Jay-Z.‘The Great Gatsby’ Debate: Is Baz Luhrmann’s Film Genius or Rubbish?
Marlow Stern, Isabel Wilkinson
May 11, 2013
Yes, the razzle-dazzle of commercial news is more exciting and the social networking of Internet-based technologies is edgier.Washington's Longest-Running Reality Show
March 31, 2009
With a yellow ticket, again—but without any razzle-dazzle this time.Police Your Planet
Lester del Rey
Perhaps if I'd told her the truth instead of all that razzle-dazzle we might—but, confound it!The Four Million
That sneak I gave the razzle-dazzle to yesterday is in this.The Boy Scouts On The Range
Lieut. Howard Payson
In the middle of this razzle-dazzle come another crash and a flood of light.Plain Mary Smith
Henry Wallace Phillips
We thought how many people in their so-called Christian life are riding the razzle-dazzle.The Palm Tree Blessing
W. E. Shepard
- slang noisy or showy fuss or activity
Word Origin and History for razzle-dazzle
1886, American English slang, varied reduplication of dazzle (q.v.).
My confrère, The Chevalier, last month gave a new name to the scarfs of disjointed pattern when he called them the razzle-dazzle. The name was evidently a hit of the most patent character, for in several avenue and Broadway stores the clerks have thrown out a display of broken figures before me and explained that the ruling style at present was the razzle-dazzle, and the word seems to have been equally effective with the public, for when it is quoted by the live salesman, the customer, I am told is at once interested and caught by it. ["Clothier and Furnisher" magazine, Jan. 1889]
Meaning "state of confusion" is from 1889.