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

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

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No bank would lend Chrysler money, and Iacocca — who for years had railed against federal intervention in the auto industry — lobbied Washington in a memorable display of chutzpah and skill. Donald Woutat,, "Lee Iacocca, father of the Ford Mustang who later rescued Chrysler, dies at 94," 2 July 2019 As the outré fashion on parade at this year’s Met Gala made clear, camp is a cultural term that embodies a style laden with humor, chutzpah, and go-for-it glitz. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Behold the Campiest Rooms of All Time," 7 May 2019 Here was my potter, throwing every ounce of his creative chutzpah into the reimagining of our home. Simon Doonan, ELLE Decor, "Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan Give Their Greenwich Village Home a Glitz Makeover," 8 Mar. 2019 And coming from Sharon Stone, the person whose photo is next to chutzpah in the dictionary, this means something. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Sharon Stone on Being a Mom to Sons in a Post-MeToo World," 16 Oct. 2018 David Marcus, who used to lead Facebook Messenger and now runs the company’s experimental blockchain division, was galled by Acton’s chutzpah. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why the WhatsApp acquisition ended with everyone mad at each other," 27 Sep. 2018 What annoys me is the everyone else's fixation on the fruits of their uterus, the obsession with motherhood in its most basic form over brains, talent, bravery, ambition and chutzpah. Elisabeth Egan, Glamour, "Motherhood Is Having a Moment—but I'm Not Loving It as Much as You'd Think," 24 July 2018 The sheer chutzpah and body count of Infinity War knocks us for a loop, and this malaise will last until the good guys come through in Avengers 4. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Avengers: Infinity War': Why you shouldn't freak out about that death toll (spoilers!)," 29 Apr. 2018 From about $540 a night, Where to eat Borkonyha Wine Kitchen, in the shadow of V’s neoclassical St. Stephen’s Basilica, cross-pollinates French savoir-faire with Hungarian chutzpah, and has a Michelin star to boot. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "The Best of Budapest: A Guide for Strategic Travelers," 27 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of chutzpah

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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