See more synonyms for ballsy on Thesaurus.com adjective, balls·i·er, balls·i·est. Slang: Vulgar.
- boldly aggressive or courageous: a ballsy gal who isn't afraid of anyone.
Origin of ballsy
1955–60; ballsRelated formsballs·i·ness, noun
(in the sense “boldness, courage, brashness”) + -y1
; cf. -sy
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British Dictionary definitions for ballsiness
- slang courageous and spirited
C20: from balls meaning courage, forcefulness
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Word Origin and History for ballsiness
"courageous, masculine," 1959, first attested in Norman Mailer (writing of Truman Capote); see balls + -y (2).
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