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[jaz-ee] /ˈdʒæz i/
adjective, jazzier, jazziest.
pertaining to or suggestive of jazz music.
Informal. active or lively.
Informal. fancy or flashy:
a jazzy sweater.
Origin of jazzy
1915-20, Americanism; jazz + -y1
Related forms
jazzily, adverb
jazziness, noun Unabridged
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  • By the time I debarked for the fifth time, I was whistling the tune with jazzy improvisations in a mixed-up tempo.

  • The crying voice of the gambling-house barker rode in over the clang and brass of jazzy music, but he couldn't turn the tip.

    The Glory of Ippling Helen M. Urban
  • Music not jazzy enough, and she says 'the floor is gritty'; we'll have to fix that.

    Under the Law Edwina Stanton Babcock
  • More capricious and jazzy measures have their day but the waltz endures forever!

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
  • Sedately Betty walked downstairs, but just then Doris sat down at the piano and began a gay, jazzy tune.

    Betty Lee, Senior Harriet Pyne Grove
British Dictionary definitions for jazzy


adjective (informal) jazzier, jazziest
of, characteristic of, or resembling jazz music
gaudy or flashy: a jazzy car
Derived Forms
jazzily, adverb
jazziness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jazzy

1919, from jazz (n.) + -y (2). Related: Jazzily; jazziness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for jazzy



  1. Resembling or partaking of the musical style indicated: He could turn a Beethoven sonata into a jazzy little number
  2. Exciting; stimulating; sexy: He wore bow ties and jazzy suits (1915+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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