razzle-dazzle

noun raz·zle-daz·zle \ ˌra-zəl-ˈda-zəl \

Definition of razzle-dazzle

1 : a state of confusion or hilarity
2 : a complex maneuver (as in sports) designed to confuse an opponent
3 : a confusing or colorful often gaudy action or display

razzle-dazzle

adjective

Origin and Etymology of razzle-dazzle

reduplication of dazzle


RAZZLE-DAZZLE Defined for English Language Learners

razzle-dazzle

Definition of razzle-dazzle for English Language Learners

  • : noisy and exciting activity meant to attract attention

  • American football : an action, movement, etc., that is done to confuse an opponent


Learn More about razzle-dazzle


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up razzle-dazzle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

having an air of easy unconcern

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens-painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!