adjective, jazz·i·er, jazz·i·est.

pertaining to or suggestive of jazz music.
Informal. active or lively.
Informal. fancy or flashy: a jazzy sweater.

Origin of jazzy

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; jazz + -y1
Related formsjazz·i·ly, adverbjazz·i·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of jazzy

Historical Examples of jazzy

  • Music not jazzy enough, and she says 'the floor is gritty'; we'll have to fix that.

    Under the Law

    Edwina Stanton Babcock

  • Sedately Betty walked downstairs, but just then Doris sat down at the piano and began a gay, jazzy tune.

    Betty Lee, Senior

    Harriet Pyne Grove

  • The crying voice of the gambling-house barker rode in over the clang and brass of jazzy music, but he couldn't turn the tip.

    The Glory of Ippling

    Helen M. Urban

  • More capricious and jazzy measures have their day but the waltz endures forever!

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep!

    Meredith Nicholson

  • By the time I debarked for the fifth time, I was whistling the tune with jazzy improvisations in a mixed-up tempo.

British Dictionary definitions for jazzy


adjective jazzier or jazziest informal

of, characteristic of, or resembling jazz music
gaudy or flashya jazzy car
Derived Formsjazzily, adverbjazziness, noun
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Word Origin and History for jazzy

1919, from jazz (n.) + -y (2). Related: Jazzily; jazziness.

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