- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /pɪˈzæz/
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- Rhymes: -æz
- Hyphenation: pi‧zzazz
- Flair, vitality, or zest; energy; vigor. [from 1930s]
The show had a lot of pizzazz, with glittering costumes and upbeat music.
1937, Harper’s Bazaar, volume LXXI, number 1, New York, N.Y.: Hearst Corp., OCLC 300037657, page 116:
- Pizazz, to quote the editor of the Harvard Lampoon, is an indefinable dynamic quality, the je ne sais quoi of function; as, for instance, adding Scotch puts the pizazz into a drink. Certain clothes have it, too. 1. There's pizazz in this rust evening coat, swinging wide in back, jutting crazily over the shoulders, clasped with a cord at the throat.
2011, Jonathan Franklin, “TV Reality”, in The 33: The Ultimate Account of the Chilean Miners’ Dramatic Rescue, London: Bantam Press, →ISBN, page 180:
- With his miner's helmet in one hand, a white towel in the other, [Mario] Sepúlveda began to dance. He spun with the gusto and pzazz of a huaso, a Chilean cowboy.
2011, John A. Jakle; Keith A. Sculle, “Observing Roadside America”, in Remembering Roadside America: Preserving the Recent Past as Landscape and Place, Knoxville, Tenn.: University of Tennessee Press, →ISBN, pages 53–54:
2013, Tony Lee Moral, “Writing”, in Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie, Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, Rowman & Littlefield, →ISBN, page 48:
- I don't think bezazz was the particular specialty of my mother … That's right cement and gravel, Chicago. Nice girl I'm told … but more in the line of barns than bezazz. Of course I never really knew her.
2017 October 14, Paul Doyle, “Mauricio Pellegrino yet to find attacking solution for stuttering Southampton: Nothing so far this season suggests the Argentinian will be more successful than Claude Puel in finding the answer to the club’s continuing lack of firepower”, in The Guardian, London, archived from the original on 10 November 2017:
flair, vitality, or zest