Definitions for jazzdʒæz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. music 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.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. a style of dance music marked by some of the features of jazz.

    Category: Music and Dance

  3. Slang. liveliness; spirit; excitement.

    Category: Status (usage)

  4. Slang. insincere or pretentious talk.

    Category: Status (usage)

  5. Slang. similar or related but unspecified things:

    We like sightseeing, museums, and all that jazz.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  6. (v.t.)to play (music) in the manner of jazz.

    Category: Music and Dance

  7. Slang. to excite or enliven. to accelerate.

    Category: Informal

  8. (v.i.) act or proceed with great energy or liveliness.

    Category: Informal

  9. jazz up, Slang. to enliven. to embellish.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Informal

Origin of jazz:

1910–15, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wind, malarkey, malarky, idle words, jazz, nothingness(noun)

    empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk

    "that's a lot of wind"; "don't give me any of that jazz"

  2. jazz(noun)

    a genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles

  3. jazz(verb)

    a style of dance music popular in the 1920s; similar to New Orleans jazz but played by large bands

  4. jazz(verb)

    play something in the style of jazz

  5. sleep together, roll in the hay, love, make out, make love, sleep with, get laid, have sex, know, do it, be intimate, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, screw, fuck, jazz, eff, hump, lie with, bed, have a go at it, bang, get it on, bonk(verb)

    have sexual intercourse with

    "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve"; "Were you ever intimate with this man?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. jazz(noun)ʤˈæz

    music created by African-American people which often makes use of improvisation

    a jazz station on the radio


  1. jazz(Noun)

    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. jazz(Noun)

    Energy, excitement, excitability. Very lively.

  3. jazz(Noun)

    The (in)tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a thing.

  4. jazz(Noun)

    Unspecified thing(s).

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

  5. jazz(Noun)

    (with positive terms) Of excellent quality, the genuine article.

  6. jazz(Noun)


    Stop talking jazz.

  7. jazz(Verb)

    To play jazz music.

  8. jazz(Verb)

    To dance to the tunes of jazz music.

  9. jazz(Verb)

    To enliven, brighten up, make more colourful or exciting; excite

  10. jazz(Verb)

    To complicate.

    Donu2019t jazz it too much! = Be careful, it was good to start with!

  11. jazz(Verb)

    To have sex with.

  12. jazz(Verb)

    To destroy.

    Youu2019ve gone and jazzed it now! = It is ruined.

  13. jazz(Verb)

    To distract/pester.

    Stop jazzing me! = Leave me alone.

  14. Origin: From jass, from jasm, from African (compare Mandingo jasi, Temne yas).


  1. Jazz

    Jazz is a music that originated at the beginning of the 20th century, arguably earlier, within the African-American communities of the Southern United States. Its roots lie in the adoption by African-Americans of European harmony and form, taking on those European elements and combining them into their existing African-based music. Its African musical basis is evident in its use of blue notes, improvisation, polyrhythms, syncopation and the swung note. From its early development until the present day, jazz has also incorporated elements from popular music especially, in its early days, from American popular music. As the music has developed and spread around the world it has, since its early American beginnings, drawn on many different national, regional and local musical cultures, giving rise to many distinctive styles: New Orleans jazz dating from the early 1910s, big band swing, Kansas City jazz and Gypsy jazz from the 1930s and 1940s, bebop from the mid-1940s on down through Afro-Cuban jazz, West Coast jazz, ska jazz, cool jazz, Indo jazz, avant-garde jazz, soul jazz, modal jazz, chamber jazz, free jazz, Latin jazz in various forms, smooth jazz, jazz fusion and jazz rock, jazz funk, loft jazz, punk jazz, acid jazz, ethno jazz, jazz rap, cyber jazz, M-Base, nu jazz and other ways of playing the music.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'jazz' in Nouns Frequency: #2957

Translations for jazz

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


popular music of American Negro origin

She prefers jazz to classical music; (also adjective) a jazz musician.

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