chutzpah

noun chutz·pah \ˈhu̇t-spə, ˈḵu̇t-, -(ˌ)spä\
variants: or less commonly

chutzpa

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hutzpa

play \ˈhu̇t-spə, ˈḵu̇t-, -(ˌ)spä\

Definition of chutzpah

  1. :  supreme self-confidence :  nerve, gall It took a lot of chutzpah to stand up to him the way she did.

Examples of chutzpah in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of chutzpah

Yiddish khutspe, from Late Hebrew ḥuṣpāh


First Known Use: 1867

Synonym Discussion of chutzpah

temerity, audacity, hardihood, effrontery, nerve, cheek, gall, chutzpah mean conspicuous or flagrant boldness. temerity suggests boldness arising from rashness and contempt of danger had the temerity to refuse. audacity implies a disregard of restraints commonly imposed by convention or prudence an entrepreneur with audacity and vision. hardihood suggests firmness in daring and defiance admired for her hardihood. effrontery implies shameless, insolent disregard of propriety or courtesy outraged at his effrontery. nerve, cheek, gall, and chutzpah are informal equivalents for effrontery the nerve of that guy has the cheek to call herself a singer had the gall to demand proof the chutzpah needed for a career in show business.

CHUTZPAH Defined for English Language Learners

chutzpah

noun chutz·pah \ˈhu̇t-spə, ˈḵu̇t-, -(ˌ)spä\

Definition of chutzpah for English Language Learners

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



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