Lizet Elaine (simplyn2deep) wrote in 1_million_words,
Lizet Elaine

Word of the Day 09/10/20 Zhuzh

Zhuzh (verb, noun)
zhuzh or zhoosh[ zhoozh ]

verb (used with object)
1. to make (something) more lively and interesting, stylish, or appealing, as by a small change or addition (usually followed by up): These colorful throw pillows are an easy way to zhuzh up your living room.

2. the act of giving something lively interest, style, or appeal, or the fact of having these qualities: Give your hair a quick zhuzh with a pearl clip or a pretty bow. I’ve been told my writing could use a little more zhuzh.

Sometimes zhoush.

Origin: First recorded in 1965–70 in the sense “clothing”; the current sense was first recorded in 1975–80; possibly from Polari “to fix, tidy,” or Romani zhouzhou “clean, neat,” but more likely imitative of someone rushing around

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