or piz·zazz

[ puh-zaz ]
/ pəˈzæz /

noun Informal.

energy; vitality; vigor.
attractive style; dash; flair.

Origin of pizazz

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; origin obscure
Related formspi·zazz·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pizzazz



/ (pəˈzæz) /


informal an attractive combination of energy and style; sparkle, vitality, glamourAlso called: pazzazz, pazazz, pzazz

Word Origin for pizzazz

C20: origin obscure
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Word Origin and History for pizzazz



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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