chutzpah

noun chutz·pah
variants: or less commonly chutzpa or or hutzpa play \ˈhu̇t-spə, ˈḵu̇t-, -(ˌ)spä\
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of chutzpah

: 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

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Origin and Etymology of chutzpah

Yiddish khutspe, from Late Hebrew ḥuṣpāh

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

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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