jazz

jazz

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English

Alternative forms

  • jaz, jas, jass, jasz (all dated, used from about 1912 to about 1918)

Etymology

Unknown. First attested around 1912 in a discussion of baseball; attested in reference to music around 1915. Numerous references suggest that the term may be connected to jasm and jism.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: jăz, IPA(key): /d͡ʒæz/
  • Rhymes: -æz

Noun

jazz (uncountable)

  1. (music) 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.
  4. Unspecified thing(s).
  5. (with positive terms) Something of excellent quality, the genuine article.
  6. Nonsense.

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

jazz (third-person singular simple present jazzes, present participle jazzing, simple past and past participle jazzed)

  1. To destroy.
  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.
  6. (intransitive, US slang, dated) To have sex for money, to prostitute oneself.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage 1993, page 59:
      Jazzing?’ Temple whispered [...]. ‘Yes, putty-face!’ the woman said. ‘How do you suppose I paid that lawyer?’
  7. (intransitive) To move (around/about) in a lively or frivolous manner; to fool around. [from 20th c.]
    • 1958, Doris Lessing, A Ripple From the Storm, HarperPerennial 1995, p. 119:
      ‘Well, if you're going to jazz about the way you do, I suppose you'll need rouge at your age.’
  8. To distract/pester.

Translations

References


Catalan

Etymology

Borrowed from English jazz.

Noun

jazz m (plural jazz)

  1. jazz

Czech

Etymology

Borrowed from English jazz.

Noun

jazz m

  1. jazz

Declension


Dutch

Etymology

Borrowed from English jazz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dʒɛz/
  • Hyphenation: jazz

Noun

jazz m (uncountable)

  1. jazz

Derived terms

  • cooljazz
  • dixielandjazz
  • freejazz
  • gipsyjazz
  • jazzconcert
  • jazzfestival
  • jazzgitarist
  • jazzmuziek
  • jazzpianist
  • jazzplaat
  • jazzrock
  • jazztrompettist
  • jazzvogel
  • jazzzanger
  • jazzzangeres
  • negerjazz
  • souljazz
  • swingjazz
  • zigeunerjazz

Finnish

Etymology

Borrowed from English jazz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈjɑts/, [ˈjɑts̠]

Noun

jazz

  1. jazz (style of music)

Declension

Synonyms

  • jatsi

French

Etymology

Borrowed from English jazz. The compound jazband is attested in a 1918 copy of Le Matin.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dʒɑz/

Noun

jazz m (uncountable)

  1. (music) jazz (music style)

Derived terms

  • jazz
  • jazzifier
  • jazzman

Further reading

  • “jazz” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Italian

Etymology

Borrowed from English jazz.

Noun

jazz m (invariable)

  1. (music) jazz

Derived terms

  • jazzista
  • jazzistico

Norwegian Bokmål

Alternative forms

  • jass

Etymology

Borrowed from English jazz.

Noun

jazz m (definite singular jazzen)

  1. (uncountable) jazz (form of music)

Norwegian Nynorsk

Alternative forms

  • jass

Etymology

Borrowed from English jazz.

Noun

jazz m (definite singular jazzen)

  1. (uncountable) jazz (form of music)

Polish

Etymology

Borrowed from English jazz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /d͡ʐɛs/

Noun

jazz m inan

  1. jazz (music)

Declension

Synonyms

  • dżez

Derived terms

  • jazzowy
  • jazzband
  • jazzman

Portuguese

Etymology

Borrowed from English jazz.

Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɛs/

Noun

jazz m (uncountable)

  1. (music) jazz (music genre)

Quotations

For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:jazz.


Spanish

Etymology

Borrowed from English jazz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɟ͡ʝas/

Noun

jazz m (uncountable)

  1. jazz

Derived terms

  • jazzista m or f

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