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or piz·zazz

noun Informal.
  1. energy; vitality; vigor.
  2. attractive style; dash; flair.
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Origin of pizazz

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; origin obscure
Related formspi·zazz·y, adjective
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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]
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