Pronunciation Noun

jazz (uncountable)

  1. (music genre) 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. Energy, excitement, excitability.
  3. The substance or makeup of a thing.
    What jazz were you referring to earlier?
    What is all this jazz lying around?
  4. Unspecified thing(s).
    I'm just going down to the shops and jazz.
  5. (with positive terms) Something of excellent quality, the genuine article.
    That show was the jazz!
    This risotto is simply the jazz.
  6. Nonsense.
    Stop talking jazz.
  7. Semen, jizz.
Translations Translations Translations Translations Verb

jazz (jazzes, present participle jazzing; past and past participle jazzed)

  1. To destroy.
    You’ve gone and jazzed it now!
  2. To play (jazz music).
  3. To dance to the tunes of jazz music.
  4. To enliven, brighten up, make more colourful or exciting; excite
  5. To complicate.
    Don’t jazz it too much!
  6. (intransitive, US slang, dated) To have sex for money, to prostitute oneself.
  7. (intransitive) To move (around/about) in a lively or frivolous manner; to fool around. [from 20th c.]
  8. To distract or pester.
    Stop jazzing me!
  9. To ejaculate.
Proper noun
  1. A male given name.
    • 2001 Ian Rankin, Resurrection Men, Orion, page 4:
      His real name was James, but those who knew him seemed never to call him that. He was Jamesy, or more often Jazz.
  2. A female given name.
    • 2012? Madeleine Oh, At Long Last, in The Mammoth Book of Erotica: Volume 4, Constable and Robinson Ltd (2012), ISBN 1472102053:
      "He calls you Jazzikins." He would. He had. Couldn't call me Jazz or Jasmine the way everyone else did.

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