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The Meriam-Webster online dictionary cites the first known use of snazzy as 1932. The BBC series "Balderdash and Piffle" included Snazzy as a word on the list of those whoose origin was unclear and for which additional information was sought. I do not believe any contributers to that BBC series found earlier references but I would be interested if others can shed light on that. George Snazelle was a distant relative of mine and family tradition indicates the word 'snazzy' was coined to refer to him as a sort of knickname. The New Zealand paper entry from 1901 I have referred to in the entry would seem to confirm this (see A later reference may be found in the Otago Witness , Dunedin NZ, of 15 April 1903, on p. 56 as follows : "Snazelle ("Snazzy"), of music, song, and story is planning a tour of India." More information about George Snazelle's career may be found at . Laurence James Moore's thesis "Never on a Sunday: A Study of Sunday observance and Sunday public musical entertainment in theatres in Melbourne, 1890-1895" discusses G.H. Snazelle's early Covent Garden career and ground breaking use of the magic lantern in Australian theatre performances in the 1890s at pp. 105-113 ( Contributed by John Maguire, Ottawa, Canada.