Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Fashionable or flashy.

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  • adjective informal Elegant in manner of dress; stylish, modern or appealing in appearance; flashy.
  • adjective informal Excellent; clever, ingenious, or adept in behavior, operation, or execution.

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  • adjective flashily stylish

Etymologies

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

[Origin unknown.]

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Unknown but perhaps a blend of snappy + jazzy, or from Irish snas (meaning polish, good appearance) . The first documented use of the word was on 30 March 1901 on page 3 of the The Evening Post, Wellington, New Zealand. The Reference was to "'Snazzy,' otherwise G.H. Snazelle ." George H. Snazelle was a noted English vocalist, entertainer and actor who was born George Snazel in 1848, and who died in 1912. It is probable that the word was coined to refer to this stylish, well-traveled celebrity of the age.

Examples

  • Lovely stewardesses (flight attendants, whatever) in snazzy uniforms with nasty short skirts just waiting for you.

    Sexstination #7 - Chase's 200m High Club

  • Lovely stewardesses (flight attendants, whatever) in snazzy uniforms with nasty short skirts just waiting for you.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • She may have also used the word snazzy in the past.

    CBC Radio 3

  • Yes, you have no choice but to marvel at the rather beautiful new $2 billion house of the Ambani family, a vast vertical hamlet for plutocrats with a design that vaguely recalls a snazzy Bang and Olufsen hi-fi stack.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Here's just a small taste of some of the interesting companies that over 1,700 attendees were able to see: previous post can be best described as a snazzy one-on-one video chat product.

    TechCrunch

  • I originally posted that I could do with a "snazzy" logo and someone thanks, John pointed me to an online definition of snazzy: "fashionably and often flashily smart or elegant".

    Phantom Patrol: final cover art

  • On the bright side, when you're just walking through and around the new cubes as I do, the overall set-up looks kind of snazzy, like Civil War tents.

    Disney Toony Animation

  • On the bright side, when you're just walking through and around the new cubes as I do, the overall set-up looks kind of snazzy, like Civil War tents.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • Tune in today and you’ll see how these results change the Magic Map that’s what we like to call our snazzy Electoral Map internally.

    Morning Buzz: Showdown in Nashville

  • But maybe you're just excited enough about Apple's new tablet that you want to think about what kind of snazzy carrier you'll slip it in when you're on the go.

    Macworld

Comments

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  • I would put this word in one of my lists, but I dasn't because my mother did not approve of it! (She did, however, occasionally say dasn't)

    June 14, 2007

  • Really? I actually got the word snazzy from my mother!

    June 14, 2007

  • That's great! Perhaps my mother should have talked to your mother! My mother was born in 1910 to parents who were born in 1862, so maybe "snazzy" was a little too jazz age for her taste. In any case, the word was anathema (a word she did favor) to her.

    June 14, 2007

  • Ah, that may explain it. My mother's a bit younger, more of a Big Band era type. :-)

    June 14, 2007

  • This is fun (note to self: learn emoticons, even if you did grow up in the wee hours of the Rock era)

    June 14, 2007

  • A daring act: I have adopted snazzy as my own, and so far I have not been struck by any thunderbolts.

    Snazzy.

    June 14, 2007

  • See? Doesn't it feel great? Now try "swell." ;-)

    June 14, 2007

  • I haven't heard this word for ages!

    November 11, 2007

  • You haven't? I use it frequently. It's jazzy. ;-)

    November 11, 2007

  • Trochee used it here. :-)

    February 9, 2011