WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
jazz /dʒæz/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Music and Dancemusic originating from black songs in New Orleans around the beginning of the 20th century and over time developing many different and complicated styles, characterized by strong rhythms and improvisation.
  2. Slang Termsliveliness;
    spirit;
    excitement.
  3. Slang Termssimilar or related but unnamed things:We like sightseeing, museums, and all that jazz.

v. 
  1. Informal Termsjazz up, [Slang.]to make something exciting or interesting: [+ up + object]jazzed up the book with pictures.[+ object + up]tried to jazz the party up.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
jazz  ( jaz),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Music and Dancemusic originating in New Orleans around the beginning of the 20th century and subsequently developing through various increasingly complex styles, generally marked by intricate, propulsive rhythms, polyphonic ensemble playing, improvisatory, virtuosic solos, melodic freedom, and a harmonic idiom ranging from simple diatonicism through chromaticism to atonality.
  2. Music and Dancea style of dance music, popular esp. in the 1920s, arranged for a large band and marked by some of the features of jazz.
  3. Music and Dancedancing or a dance performed to such music, as with violent bodily motions and gestures.
  4. Slang Termsliveliness;
    spirit;
    excitement.
  5. Slang Termsinsincere, exaggerated, or pretentious talk:Don't give me any of that jazz about your great job!
  6. Slang Termssimilar or related but unspecified things, activities, etc.:He goes for fishing and all that jazz.

adj. 
  1. Music and Danceof, pertaining to, or characteristic of jazz.

v.t. 
  1. Music and Danceto play (music) in the manner of jazz.
  2. Informal Terms
    • to excite or enliven.
    • to accelerate.
  3. Slang Terms(vulgar). to copulate with.

v.i. 
  1. Music and Danceto dance to jazz music.
  2. Music and Danceto play or perform jazz music.
  3. Informal Termsto act or proceed with great energy or liveliness.
  4. Slang Terms(vulgar). to copulate.
  5. jazz up, [Informal.]
    • to add liveliness, vigor, or excitement to.
    • to add ornamentation, color, or extra features to, in order to increase appeal or interest;
      embellish.
    • to accelerate.
jazzer, n. 
  • 1905–10, American; 1915–20 for def. 5; origin, originally uncertain


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

jazz /dʒæz/ n
  1. a kind of music of African-American origin, characterized by syncopated rhythms, solo and group improvisation, and a variety of harmonic idioms and instrumental techniques. It exists in a number of styles
  2. (as modifier): a jazz band
  3. (in combination): a jazzman
  4. slang rigmarole; paraphernalia: legal papers and all that jazz
vb
  1. (intransitive) to play or dance to jazz music
Etymology: 20th Century: of unknown origin



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