jazz

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noun

often attributive
1
a
: American music developed especially from ragtime and blues and characterized by propulsive syncopated rhythms, polyphonic ensemble playing, varying degrees of improvisation, and often deliberate distortions of pitch and timbre
b
: popular dance music influenced by jazz and played in a loud rhythmic manner
2
: similar but unspecified things : stuff
that wind, and the waves, and all that jazzJohn Updike
3
: empty talk : humbug
spouted all the scientific jazzPete Martin
jazzlike adjective

jazz

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verb

jazzed; jazzing; jazzes

transitive verb

1
a
: enliven
usually used with up
2
: to play in the manner of jazz

intransitive verb

1
: to go here and there : gad
2
: to dance to or play jazz

Examples of jazz in a Sentence

Noun What's all this jazz about you leaving? She loves hiking, biking, and all that jazz. Verb your assignment is to jazz up the design of that Web page
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Like the country, jazz, and blues sounds that blended into rock in Memphis, Anderson was tasked with uniting many disparate ideas. Katherine McLaughlin, Architectural Digest, 12 July 2024 The program is named in memory of the late South African jazz musician, composer and producer Jonas Gwangwa. Paul Grein, Billboard, 10 July 2024
Verb
First, if Biden does not jazz young voters and risks defections among non-White voters, Harris could provide the spark to excite the base. Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post, 7 July 2024 And, children leave the Kids Wilderness class not only jazzed on nature, but with a compass, piece of cordelette and whistle. Kelley Manley, Travel + Leisure, 30 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for jazz 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

1914, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of jazz was in 1913

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Cite this Entry

“Jazz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jazz. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

jazz

1 of 2 noun
1
: American music marked by lively rhythms with unusual accents and often by melodies made up by musicians as they play
2
: empty talk
don't give me any of that jazz
3
: similar but unspecified things : stuff

jazz

2 of 2 verb
1
: enliven
usually used with up
2
: to play in the manner of jazz

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