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adjective, balls·i·er, balls·i·est. Slang: Vulgar.
  1. boldly aggressive or courageous: a ballsy gal who isn't afraid of anyone.
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Origin of ballsy

1955–60; balls (in the sense “boldness, courage, brashness”) + -y1; cf. -sy
Related formsballs·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for ballsy

saucy, brash, bold, assured, brassy, brave, cheeky, cocky, confident, courageous, daring, dashing, dauntless, gallant, game, gritty, gutsy, heroic, nervy, plucky

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British Dictionary definitions for ballsy


  1. slang courageous and spirited
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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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