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pizazz

or pizzazz

[puh-zaz] /pəˈzæz/
noun, Informal.
1.
energy; vitality; vigor.
2.
attractive style; dash; flair.
Origin of pizazz
1935-1940
1935-40, Americanism; origin obscure
Related forms
pizazzy, adjective
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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 pizzazz

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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pizzazz

noun

Energy; power; pep, piss and vinegar: What's missing is overall pizzazz and pace

[1937+; origin unknown; perhaps echoically suggested by piss, ass, and piss and vinegar]

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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