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[puh-zaz] /pəˈzæz/
noun, Informal.
energy; vitality; vigor.
attractive style; dash; flair.
Also, pizzazz.
Origin of pizazz
1935-40, Americanism; origin obscure
Related forms
pizazzy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pizzazz
  • Their fast paced shows are filled with energy, artistry and lots of pizzazz.
  • Finally, the pumpkin cheesecakes call for something dramatic, something with pizzazz.
  • Both will feature indoor growing systems, some higher end technologies that bring pizzazz to how people think about farming.
  • Then, there are those docs with the polished pizzazz and dramatic thrust of a feature film.
  • Celebrities add a dash of flash and pizzazz to the annual event.
  • While the outside has been touched with a splash of pizzazz, the inside has been brushed with shades of elegance.
  • The sheerness gave runway pizzazz, and all a gal has to do is add a slip.
  • For all his pizzazz, he sticks to shirtless rides on horses and underwater searches because it sells.
  • When you are not using it, a scarf can add pizzazz to any outfit.
  • Attractive bottling and labeling add pizzazz that attracts customers.
British Dictionary definitions for pizzazz


(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



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]

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



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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