Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal Dazzling excitement.
  • n. Informal Elaborate action or maneuvers designed to deceive an opponent, as in a sports contest.
  • n. Informal Extravagant or showy display, as of technique: a lecture that was more razzle-dazzle than substance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Glitz, glamor/glamour, showiness, or pizazz; schmaltz.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dazzle and confuse; daze in a sudden or humorous way; bewilder; intoxicate.
  • n. A state of dazed confusion or dizziness, as in intoxication.
  • n. A revolving platform, with a swift, irregular, swerving motion, on which passengers are carried, for their amusement, at fairs and pleasure-resorts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any exciting and complex play intended to confuse (dazzle) the opponent

Etymologies

Reduplication of dazzle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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    November 2, 2007

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    November 2, 2007

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    November 2, 2007

  • According to Stephen Pinker:

    The reason we say "razzle-dazzle" rather than "dazzle-razzle" is because "The word beginning with the less obstruent consonant always comes before the word beginning with the more obstruent consonant."

    November 2, 2007

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