jazz

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English[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • jaz, jas, jass, jasz (all dated, used from about 1912 to about 1918)

Etymology[edit]

Unknown. First attested around 1912 in a discussion of baseball; attested in reference to music around 1915. Numerous references suggest that the term may be connected to jasm and jism.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

A jazz band, The King & Carter Jazzing Orchestra, in 1921.

Noun[edit]

jazz (uncountable)

  1. (music) A musical art form rooted in West African cultural and musical expression and in the African American blues tradition, with diverse influences over time, commonly characterized by blue notes, syncopation, swing, call and response, polyrhythms and improvisation.
  2. Energy, excitement, excitability. Very lively.
  3. The (in)tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a thing.
    What jazz were you referring to earlier?
    What is all this jazz lying around?
  4. Unspecified thing(s).
    I'm just going down to the shops and jazz = I am off to purchase items and etcetera.
  5. (with positive terms) Of excellent quality, the genuine article.
    That show was the jazz! = That musical concert/television program was most enjoyable.
    This risotto is simply the jazz. = This risotto was cooked in the classic manner.
  6. Nonsense.
    Stop talking jazz.

Translations[edit]

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Verb[edit]

jazz (third-person singular simple present jazzes, present participle jazzing, simple past and past participle jazzed)

  1. To play jazz music.
  2. To dance to the tunes of jazz music.
  3. To enliven, brighten up, make more colourful or exciting; excite
  4. To complicate.
    Don’t jazz it too much! = Be careful, it was good to start with!
  5. (intransitive, US slang, dated) To have sex for money, to prostitute oneself.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage 1993, page 59:
      Jazzing?’ Temple whispered [...]. ‘Yes, putty-face!’ the woman said. ‘How do you suppose I paid that lawyer?’
  6. To destroy.
    You’ve gone and jazzed it now! = It is ruined.
  7. To distract/pester.
    Stop jazzing me! = Leave me alone.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2014, ISBN 1317625110) says that most authorities derive it from jasm, a variant of jism. Partridge also says it was first recorded in reference to music in a 1917 Chicago Tribune advertisement for "Bert Kelly's Jaz [sic] Band", having previously been used in baseball.

Catalan[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From English jazz.

Noun[edit]

jazz m (plural jazz)

  1. jazz

Czech[edit]

Noun[edit]

jazz m

  1. jazz

Dutch[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English jazz

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

jazz m (uncountable)

  1. jazz

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

jazz

  1. jazz (style of music)

Declension[edit]

Inflection of jazz (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative jazz jazzit
genitive jazzin jazzien
partitive jazzia jazzeja
illative jazziin jazzeihin
singular plural
nominative jazz jazzit
accusative nom.? jazz jazzit
gen. jazzin
genitive jazzin jazzien
partitive jazzia jazzeja
inessive jazzissa jazzeissa
elative jazzista jazzeista
illative jazziin jazzeihin
adessive jazzilla jazzeilla
ablative jazzilta jazzeilta
allative jazzilleˣ jazzeilleˣ
essive jazzina jazzeina
translative jazziksi jazzeiksi
instructive jazzein
abessive jazzitta jazzeitta
comitative jazzeineen

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English jazz. The compound jazband is attested in a 1918 copy of Le Matin.

Noun[edit]

jazz m (uncountable)

  1. (music) jazz (music style)

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Italian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From English jazz.

Noun[edit]

jazz m (invariable)

  1. (music) jazz

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Wikipedia no

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

jazz m (definite singular jazzen)

  1. (uncountable) jazz (form of music)

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

jazz m (definite singular jazzen)

  1. (uncountable) jazz (form of music)

Polish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

jazz m

  1. jazz (music)

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

jazz m (uncountable)

  1. (music) jazz (music genre)

Spanish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From English jazz.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

jazz m (uncountable)

  1. jazz

Derived terms[edit]