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 No other rock stars had the chutzpah to put their moms on MTV. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 14 Oct. 2021 Harris says chutzpah behaviors help sales and business leaders in multiple areas: Lead Development. Henry Devries, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 All three children were wunderkinds, but Thile stood out for his chutzpah and ostentatious talent. Giovanni Russonello New York Times, Star Tribune, 13 June 2021 What would be the consequences of approaching a test result with too much caution—or with too much chutzpah? Benjamin Mazer, The Atlantic, 11 May 2021 The sport’s characteristic chutzpah was on full display, too. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Aug. 2021 What the gimmick displays, above all, is the substitution of chutzpah for audacity. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 20 July 2021 Brady said, sparking disbelieving laughter at his chutzpah. Stephen Collinson And Shelby Rose, CNN, 20 July 2021 But what takes real chutzpah is his decision to classify that spending as a tax cut. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 1 May 2021

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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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The first known use of chutzpah was in 1867

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18 Oct 2021

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“Chutzpah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chutzpah

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

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