or chutz·pah, hutz·pa, hutz·pah
- unmitigated effrontery or impudence; gall.
- audacity; nerve.
Origin of chutzpa
Examples from the Web for chutzpah
I lack the wherewithal to start my own competing certifying board, to say nothing of the chutzpah.Rand Paul and the Certification Racket
August 11, 2014
Dad reached the heights of chutzpah when he went to the theater with a friend one night and spotted the actress Gwen Verdon.Almost Famous: A Father's Day Story
June 15, 2014
They had the chutzpah to send me a test email from an outlook.com address.Iran Is Using a Neocon to Hack Its Foes
May 30, 2014
She brings her own tea bags in a neat Ziploc bag, and I am mildly awed at her preparedness and chutzpah.Marlo Thomas Says Girls Should Feel Free to Be Like Hannah Horvath
April 24, 2014
To live with anxiety is to live with a leech that saps you of your energy, confidence, and chutzpah.How to Cure Your Anxiety? Read Henry James’s ‘The Portrait of a Lady,’ Of Course.
Ella Berthoud, Susan Elderkind
September 26, 2013
It was his firm desire to bring some chutzpah into the all too predictable and dreary cuisine on this part of the continent.The Land of Look Behind
Paul Cameron Brown
- informal shameless audacity; impudence
Word Origin and History for chutzpah
also hutzpah, 1892, from Yiddish khutspe "impudence, gall." from Hebrew hutspah. The classic definition is that given by Leo Rosten: "that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan."
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.”