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pizazz

[puh-zaz] /pəˈzæz/
noun, Informal.
1.
energy; vitality; vigor.
2.
attractive style; dash; flair.
Also, pizzazz.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40, Americanism; origin obscure
Related forms
pizazzy, adjective
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  • Spying offered plenty of pizazz: couture frocks, exotic travel, dalliances with handsome and dangerous strangers.
  • They're more witty, more astute, and they express themselves with infinitely more pizazz.
  • Computers for every member of the family, full of power--and pizazz.
  • It is especially important that the goal or theme of the celebration be expanded and given more pizazz.
  • The attention to detail in each handcrafted item shows clean simple lines with a little pizazz for pop.
British Dictionary definitions for pizazz

pizzazz

/pəˈzæz/
noun
1.
(informal) an attractive combination of energy and style; sparkle, vitality, glamour Also called pazzazz, pazazz, pzazz
Word Origin
C20: origin obscure
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Word Origin and History for pizazz
n.

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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