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1. Music
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.
2. Slang
a. Animation; enthusiasm.
b. Nonsense.
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.
2. Slang
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. Slang
To exaggerate or lie.
Phrasal Verb:
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.]

jazz′er n.
jazz′ish adj.
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slang US and Canadian excited or delighted
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She's been showing off her musical chops with growing conviction over the past several years, from the Newport Jazz Festival to The Rocky Horror Show to her 2001 CD Playing It Cool, in which she jazzed up Broadway show tunes.