or piz·zazz

[ puh-zaz ]
/ pəˈzæz /

noun Informal.

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

Nearby words

  1. pixy,
  2. piyyut,
  3. pizaine,
  4. pizarro,
  5. pizarro, francisco,
  6. pize,
  7. pizz.,
  8. pizza,
  9. pizzazz,
  10. pizzeria

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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