chutz·​pah | \ ˈhu̇t-spə How to pronounce chutzpah (audio) , ˈḵu̇t- How to pronounce chutzpah (audio) , -(ˌ)spä \
variants: or less commonly chutzpa or or hutzpa

Definition of chutzpah

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

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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

Examples of chutzpah in a Sentence

had the chutzpah to demand that he be treated as a special case and be given priority in settling his insurance claim
Recent Examples on the Web This opens the floor to everyone who has ideas — not just those with the loudest voices or the chutzpah to buttonhole leaders in passing to pitch their ideas. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2022 Possessed of seemingly boundless networking chutzpah, Holmes touted Theranos blood-testing technology as a breakthrough that could scan for hundreds of medical conditions using just a few drops of blood. Marcy Gordon, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2022 That a person like this could exist in that time: Someone who seems to shine, to have such a lightness about them, this cheekiness, this chutzpah. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Feb. 2022 The entertainment industry gave them the stage and the chutzpah to build careers and a relationship everyone else predicted would fail. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 15 Feb. 2022 The audience’s laughter expressed appreciation less for Rather’s wit than for his chutzpah. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 26 Jan. 2022 But while their chutzpah lasts, the risk-takers among us are often admired, if only secretly. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 2 Dec. 2021 None of the acquisitions bring the chutzpah of the eccentric Pederson, who is adorned in bleach blonde hair and pearls...or the post-season sizzle. Ray Glier, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 The genre has always been a glorious, messy mash-up of aesthetic transcendence and commercial ambition, a grab-bag of styles and sources held together by the energy, ingenuity and sheer chutzpah of scrappy and resourceful artists. New York Times, 8 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of chutzpah

1867, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chutzpah

Yiddish khutspe, from Late Hebrew ḥuṣpāh

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“Chutzpah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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