snazzy

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EtymologyEdit

Unknown but perhaps a blend of snappy + jazzy, or from Irish snas (meaning polish, good appearance) [1]. The first documented use of the word was on 30 March 1901 on page 3 of the The Evening Post, Wellington, New Zealand. The Reference was to "'Snazzy,' otherwise G.H. Snazelle ." George H. Snazelle was a noted English vocalist, entertainer and actor who was born George Snazel in 1848, and who died in 1912. It is probable that the word was coined to refer to this stylish, well-traveled celebrity of the age.

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snazzy (comparative snazzier, superlative snazziest)

  1. (informal) Elegant in manner of dress; stylish, modern or appealing in appearance; flashy.
  2. (informal) Excellent; clever, ingenious, or adept in behavior, operation, or execution.
    • 1938, Jane Murdock, "Friday Afternoon Dances," Washington Post, 17 Apr., p. PY8:
      Those Friday afternoon dances in the gym are really snazzy.
    • 2009, Suzanne Choney, "Palm looks to regain place in smartphone race," msnbc.com, 8 Jan (retrieved 8 Jan 2009) :
      Of those migrating to the iPhone from other devices, a good number of them are former Treo users who found Apple's device to be a souped-up, snazzier and even easier-to-use version of the Treo.

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