or piz·zazz


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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Contemporary Examples of pizzazz

  • Marco Zanini delivered a collection for Rochas that was flirty and feminine with a bit of pizzazz.

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    Rochas's Sweet Tooth

    Alice Cavanagh

    September 25, 2013

  • The Texas governor has executive experience, conservative cred, success generating jobs, and pizzazz.

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    How Perry Could Win

    Jill Lawrence

    July 29, 2011

  • Yet over and over Mr. Pawlenty has been intent on trying to offer us pizzazz.

Historical Examples of pizzazz

British Dictionary definitions for pizzazz




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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