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; balls (in the sense “boldness, courage, brashness”) + -y1; cf. -sy
Related formsballs·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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slang courageous and spirited

Word Origin for ballsy

C20: from balls meaning courage, forcefulness
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Word Origin and History for ballsy

"courageous, masculine," 1959, first attested in Norman Mailer (writing of Truman Capote); see balls + -y (2).

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