pizzazz

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Possibly borrowed from the Semitic root פזז (pazaz) found in the Arabic word meaning 'be frightened, excited,' the Syriac word meaning 'leap,' and the Hebrew word for 'agility, leap (in dance).' (see 6339 in The Brown Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon Coded with Strongs Concordance Numbers)

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pizzazz (uncountable)

  1. Flair, zest, or vitality; vigor; energy.
    The show had a lot of pizzazz, with glittering costumes and upbeat music.
    • 2017 October 14, Paul Doyle, “Mauricio Pellegrino yet to find attacking solution for stuttering Southampton”, in the Guardian[1]:
      As they prepare for Sunday’s telling match with Newcastle, Southampton are 12th in the table and their new manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, has introduced such pizzazz that they have mustered five goals in seven league matches.

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