noun \ˈht-spə, ˈt-, -(ˌ)spä\

: personal confidence or courage that allows someone to do or say things that may seem shocking to others

Full Definition of CHUTZPAH

:  supreme self-confidence :  nerve, gall

Variants of CHUTZPAH

chutz·pah also chutz·pa or hutz·pah or hutz·pa \ˈht-spə, ˈt-, -(ˌ)spä\

Examples of CHUTZPAH

  1. <had the chutzpah to demand that he be treated as a special case and be given priority in settling his insurance claim>

Origin of CHUTZPAH

Yiddish khutspe, from Late Hebrew ḥuṣpāh
First Known Use: 1883


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