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a. A style of music, native to America, characterized by a strong but flexible rhythmic understructure with solo and ensemble improvisations on basic tunes and chord patterns and, more recently, a highly sophisticated harmonic idiom.
b. Big band dance music.
a. Animation; enthusiasm.
c. Miscellaneous, unspecified things: brought the food and all the jazz to go with it.
v. jazzed, jazz·ing, jazz·es
1. Music To play in a jazz style.
a. To utter exaggerations or lies to: Don't jazz me.
b. To give great pleasure to; excite: The surprise party jazzed the guest of honor.
c. To cause to accelerate.
v.intr. SlangPhrasal Verb:
To exaggerate or lie.
jazz up Slang
To make more interesting; enliven: jazzed up the living area with beaded curtains.
[Originally, vim, vigor, pep, copulation, semen, perhaps shortening of earlier jasm, vim, vigor and akin to jism.]
vb (tr, adverb)
1. (Jazz) to imbue (a piece of music) with jazz qualities, esp by improvisation or a quicker tempo
2. to make more lively, gaudy, or appealing
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|Verb||1.||jazz up - make more interesting or lively; "juice up a party"; "pep up your paper"|