piz·​zazz pə-ˈzaz How to pronounce pizzazz (audio)
variants or pizazz
: the quality of being exciting or attractive: such as
pizzazzy adjective
or pizazzy

Example Sentences

The young actress has a lot of pizzazz. The song has plenty of pizzazz.
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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pizzazz was in 1937

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“Pizzazz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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