Definitions

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  • n. An enthusiast of jazz music.

Etymologies

From jazz (music) + cutesy or ironic use of the Slavic suffix -nik (Russian: -ник). This suffix experienced a surge in English coinages for nicknames and diminutives after the 1957 Russian launch of the Sputnik spacecraft. Compare beatnik. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sounding like the daughter of Doris Day and Leon Redbone, she is a playful girl one moment and a ferociously swingin' jazznik the next. 7 p.m.

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  • McKay, 28, was a playful girl one moment and a ferociously swingin' jazznik the next.

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