Definition of jazz hands in US English:

jazz hands

plural noun

  • A gesture originating in musical theater, in which the hands are waved rapidly to and fro with the palms facing forward and the fingers splayed, used typically to express or indicate excitement or triumph.

    • ‘My favorite moment of "Animal House" is the bit where John Belushi breaks a bottle over his head and then does jazz hands.’
    • ‘In her press biog it is reported that she is soon to head off for "a life of jazz hands and leg-warmers" at the Royal Academy of Music, in London.’
    • ‘My friends being lushes, they also drink when anyone makes jazz hands or says something particularly stupid, which of course necessitates frequent refills.’
    • ‘A gauntlet of staffers forms by the entrance, and at first glance they seem to be making "jazz hands," fluttering their fingers in the air.’
    • ‘Suddenly, all the world's a stage filled with soulful duets and jazz hands.’
    • ‘I approach his back and sing louder, incorporating various distraction techniques like jazz hands and bump-grind.’
    • ‘As the munchkin-sized rocker jumps around stage - mouth agape, eyes bulging, jazz hands fluttering as if her arms were being swallowed by rabid hummingbirds - the men in the crowd crane their necks.’
    • ‘Over at Labour HQ, they are practising their jazz hands.’
    • ‘Even Bob Fosse could never have imagined jazz hands like this.’
    • ‘I'm very conscious of them - I'm sort of walking around with like, jazz hands, because I don't want to chip the polish, although it's inevitable that I will, of course.’