chutzpah

noun chutz·pah \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>

Variants of chutzpah

or less commonly

chutzpa

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or

hutzpa

play \ˈhu̇t-spə, ˈḵu̇t-, -(ˌ)spä\

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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