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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR JAZZ

Someone told me they're called 'Jazz Louie and his half-breed bunch.'

"At ease with that jazz," said Lane, and a sheathed finger snapped out.

Against the scene a jazz band flung a whine and a stumble of tinny sounds.

And over all the American jazz music boomed and whanged its syncopation.

It means in music to prefer Beethoven not only to jazz but to Brahms.

His stare at the leader as the jazz selection came to an end.

I discover that there is an American jazz band in the place.

There were dances, late parties, jazz and everything that went with it.

Yet it seems quite natural to them that a piece of jazz should be called Alleluia.

I had never heard of Jazz in those days: Jazz was decidedly a dark horse.

WORD ORIGIN

by 1912, American English, first attested in baseball slang; as a type of music, attested from 1913. Probably ultimately 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.

All that jazz "et cetera" first recorded 1939.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR JAZZ

absurdity

nounridiculous situation or behavior
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