- energy; vitality; vigor.
- attractive style; dash; flair.
Origin of pizazz
An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; origin obscure
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Related Wordsget-up-and-go, intensity, presence, splash, bounce, vim, dash, juice, zing, aptitude, force, stamina, spunk, knack, zest, zip, pep, liveliness, animation, effectiveness
Examples from the Web for pizzazz
Marco Zanini delivered a collection for Rochas that was flirty and feminine with a bit of pizzazz.Rochas's Sweet Tooth
September 25, 2013
The Texas governor has executive experience, conservative cred, success generating jobs, and pizzazz.How Perry Could Win
July 29, 2011
Yet over and over Mr. Pawlenty has been intent on trying to offer us pizzazz.The Next GOP Cattle Call
June 13, 2011
Peel off and place for a touch of pizzazz: clowns, penguins, teddy bears, etc.
- informal an attractive combination of energy and style; sparkle, vitality, glamourAlso called: pazzazz, pazazz, pzazz
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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