ballsy

[ bawl-zee ]
/ ˈbɔl zi /

adjective, balls·i·er, balls·i·est. Slang: Vulgar.

boldly aggressive or courageous: a ballsy gal who isn't afraid of anyone.

Nearby words

  1. ballroom,
  2. ballroom dance,
  3. ballroom dancing,
  4. balls,
  5. balls-up,
  6. ballup,
  7. ballwin,
  8. bally,
  9. ballyhoo,
  10. ballymena

Origin of ballsy

1955–60; balls (in the sense “boldness, courage, brashness”) + -y1; cf. -sy

Related formsballs·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for ballsy

ballsy

/ (ˈbɔːlzɪ) /

adjective

slang courageous and spirited

Word Origin for ballsy

C20: from balls meaning courage, forcefulness

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Word Origin and History for ballsy

ballsy

adj.

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

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