chutzpah

hutzpah

/ (ˈxʊtspə) /

noun

informal shameless audacity; impudence

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Word Origin for chutzpah

C20: from Yiddish
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Cultural definitions for chutzpah

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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