alakazam

interjection
ala·​ka·​zam
variants: or less commonly alacazam \ ˌa-​lə-​kə-​ˈzam How to pronounce alakazam (audio) , ˌä-​ \

Definition of alakazam

used as an invocation of magical power or to indicate an instantaneous transformation or appearance that occurs by or as if by magic He is unlikely to be judged kindly by subway and bus riders if they do not see—alakazam !—quick improvement in fraying service.— Clyde Haberman, New York Times, 30 Oct. 2009

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First Known Use of alakazam

1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alakazam

earlier alagazam, a nonsense word (of obscure origin)

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“Alakazam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alakazam. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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