pizazz

[puh-zaz]
noun Informal.
1.
energy; vitality; vigor.
2.
attractive style; dash; flair.
Also, pizzazz.


Origin:
1935–40, Americanism; origin obscure

pizazzy, adjective
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pizzazz or pizazz (pəˈzæz)
 
n
informal pazzazz, pazazz, Also called: pzazz an attractive combination of energy and style; sparkle, vitality, glamour
 
[C20: origin obscure]
 
pizazz or pizazz
 
n
 
[C20: origin obscure]

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pizazz
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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Example sentences
But what the site lacks in visual pizazz, it compensates for in
  thought-provoking, vitriolic nastiness.
For those who want to have a bit of pizazz in the mountains, several places
  offer cabins with bear, fishing and romantic themes.
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.
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