Jazz meaning

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A kind of music, originally improvised but now also arranged, characterized by syncopation, rubato, usually heavily accented rhythms, dissonances, individualized melodic variations, and unusual tonal effects on the trumpet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone, etc.: it originated with Southern blacks in the late 19th cent.
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(slang) A quality reminiscent of jazz music; lively spirit.
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Jazz is defined as a style of music originated by black Americans that has a forceful rhythm and that often uses instruments like trumpets, a string bass and a saxophone.

An example of jazz is the music of Louis Armstrong.

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(slang) Remarks, acts, concepts, etc. regarded as hypocritical, tiresome, trite, pretentious, etc.

The same old jazz.

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To speed up.
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(slang) To fill with jazz qualities; make exciting or elaborate; enliven or embellish.
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(slang) To move or behave in a lively or carefree way.
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An integrated Macintosh software package from Lotus. Modeled after Symphony, it never caught on.
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(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.
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Energy, excitement, excitability. Very lively.
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Unspecified thing(s).

I'm just going down to the shops and jazz = I am off to purchase items and etcetera.

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(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.

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To play jazz music.
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To dance to the tunes of jazz music.
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To enliven, brighten up, make more colourful or exciting; excite.
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To destroy.

You’ve gone and jazzed it now! = It is ruined.

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To distract/pester.

Stop jazzing me! = Leave me alone.

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A diminutive of the male given name James.
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A diminutive of the female given name Jasmine.
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(music) To play in a jazz style.
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To exaggerate or lie.
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Of, in, like, or having to do with jazz.
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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?

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Nonsense.

Stop talking jazz.

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To complicate.

Don’t jazz it too much! = Be careful, it was good to start with!

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(US slang, dated) To have sex with.
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and all that jazz
  • and so forth; et cetera
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

and all that jazz

Origin of jazz

  • Originally, vim, vigor, pep, copulation, semen perhaps shortening of earlier jasm vim, vigor and akin to jism

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Etymology uncertain. A detailed account is available in the Wikipedia article.

    From Wiktionary

  • A fanciful spelling variant of Jaz and Jas.

    From Wiktionary