Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal Dazzling style; flamboyance; flair.
  • n. Informal Vigorous spirit; energy or excitement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Flair, zest, or vitality; vigor; energy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the activeness of an energetic personality

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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Examples

  • He marveled at everything about her — the white rickrack she sewed along the hem and neckline of her dress to give it what she called pizzazz, her heart-shaped face, the hollow at the base of her throat, where he hung a heart-shaped locket.

    Butchers Hill

  • On the field, he has to develop a quarterback, get more pizzazz from the running game and get tougher and more physical against the run on defense.

    Around the Independents

  • This is a solid account of how Britain's national mapping agency came into being, though it lacks a certain pizzazz.

    Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey by Rachel Hewitt - review

  • If you think the plural word looks funny, I wonder what you think of the word pizzazz?

    White Pizzas Can't Jump

  • He drives his Landrover (well, not actually his Landrover, but the Landrover of anyone foolhardy enough to lend him one) with what can only be described as pizzazz along Mauritian roads that were built with something less than pizzazz in mind.

    Last Chance to See

  • "menu-ese," "pizzazz" -- may start off with a scholarly account of a word or term's origin, with more than a casual glance at its Proto-Indo-European root, but before long Blount will soft-shoe his way into an anecdote, some comic verse, a bit of wordplay.

    3quarksdaily

  • Not so much -- they respectfully disagree with Steven Tyler's opinion that she didn't have enough "pizzazz," but work through their problems rationally and send her to Hollywood.

    'American Idol' premieres: New judges, same old show

  • We end this last round-up with two words that represent that pizzazz which is the signature of Indian cuisine: the word zhanzhanit in Marathi, and the word zhaal in Bengali both mean uber-hot or ultra-spicy.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • Other Rolhfs chairs have sold at auction for over $100,000, but none with the "pizzazz" of this piece, says Sam Cottone.

    Dumpster Diving Pays Dividends

  • This is also reflected in the business world as presentations with "pizzazz" tend to get rave reviews.

    100% Digital portfolios? Why I like diversification

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  • see farsi-ing, prophetic comments on Pizzazz under turquoise

    July 2, 2011

  • Pizza that induces sleeping funkiness.

    November 5, 2008