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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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get-up-and-go, intensity, presence, splash, bounce, vim, dash, juice, zing, aptitude, force, stamina, spunk, knack, zest, zip, pep, liveliness, animation, effectiveness

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British Dictionary definitions for pizzazz



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

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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