chutz·​pah | \ ˈhu̇t-spə How to pronounce chutzpah (audio) , ˈḵu̇t- How to pronounce chutzpah (audio) , -(ˌ)spä \
variants: or less commonly chutzpa or hutzpah 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 His passion for film and is what gives him the drive and the chutzpah to make such the movie. John Baldoni, Forbes, 20 June 2022 The gold chain comes courtesy of the rabbinical jeweler M.C. Hendelberg (also Stinson), played with silly chutzpah. James Sullivan,, 13 June 2022 Successful entrepreneurs and companies need a healthy heaping of chutzpah to take down the competition, especially in a place as fast-moving as Silicon Valley. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 14 June 2022 But the chutzpah of renting an apartment and having a permanent place was really too much. Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2022 Even the most robust encryption is no match for thieves with enough resources, patience and chutzpah. James Beecham, Forbes, 2 June 2022 But Grainger’s wedding night, which outraged some for its audacity and vulgarity and delighted others for its sheer chutzpah and exceptional music-making, is the Hollywood Bowl in a nutshell. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2022 China is a testament to her chutzpah and pioneering foresight. Monica Eng, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 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 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 15 Aug. 2022.

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