Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a style of dance music popular in the 1920s; similar to New Orleans jazz but played by large bands
  2. (noun, communication) a genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles
  3. (noun, communication) empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk
    don't give me any of that jazz
  4. (verb, contact) have sexual intercourse with
    Adam knew Eve
    Were you ever intimate with this man?
  5. (verb, creation) play something in the style of jazz

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Jazz

  1. by 1912, Amer.Eng., first attested in baseball slang; as a type of music, attested from 1913. Probably ult. from Creole patois jass "strenuous activity," especially "sexual intercourse" but also used of Congo dances, from jasm (1860) "energy, drive," of African origin (cf. Mandingo jasi, Temne yas), also the source of slang jism.
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via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Jazz

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