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chutzpa

or chutz·pah, hutz·pa, hutz·pah

[hoo t-spuh, khoo t-]
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noun Slang.
  1. unmitigated effrontery or impudence; gall.
  2. audacity; nerve.
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Origin of chutzpa

1890–95; < Yiddish khutspa < Aramaic ḥūṣpā
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  • It was his firm desire to bring some chutzpah into the all too predictable and dreary cuisine on this part of the continent.

    The Land of Look Behind

    Paul Cameron Brown


British Dictionary definitions for chutzpah

chutzpah

hutzpah

noun
  1. informal shameless audacity; impudence
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Word Origin

C20: from Yiddish
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Word Origin and History for chutzpah

n.

also hutzpah, 1892, from Yiddish khutspe "impudence, gall." from Hebrew hutspah. The classic definition is that given by Leo Rosten: "that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan."

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chutzpah in Culture

chutzpah

[(khoot-spuh, hoot-spuh)]

Yiddish term for courage bordering on arrogance, roughly equivalent to “nerve” (in the slang sense): “It took a lot of chutzpah to make such a controversial statement.”

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