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

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Example Sentences

The young actress has a lot of pizzazz. The song has plenty of pizzazz.
Recent Examples on the Web While this might not have the same magical pizzazz as casting spells, research shows that repetition can aid in knowledge retention—without the stress of practicing in real life. Anthony Wong, Forbes, 7 July 2022 The tasteful, transitional textile has long been a top choice for designers looking to weave some personality and pizzazz into their outerwear and beyond. Kevin Huynh, WSJ, 21 June 2022 The pace and pizzazz ramped up when the show also began airing on CBS and Ariana DeBose took over the hosting duties. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 For Dickerson and Dean, who both bring so much pizzazz to their privileged, clueless influencer roles, a leading campaign seems far too crowded for such selections, but breakthrough prizes from regional critics will be more than warranted. Clayton Davis, Variety, 23 May 2022 Purists can go for the classic Whataburger, while those looking for a little more pizzazz can try the sweet & spicy bacon burger. Brooke Viggiano, Chron, 4 May 2022 The better ones not only respected the original movies they were based on (and their legions of fans) but added some special theatrical pizzazz. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 28 Apr. 2022 This vibrant orange-and-yellow flower will add pizzazz to any garden. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 24 June 2022 The chandeliers and chairs offer a cozy, eclectic vibe, while playful patterns on the curtains and the rug add unexpected pizzazz. Nafeesah Allen, House Beautiful, 21 May 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Pizzazz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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