or chutz·pah, hutz·pa, hutz·pah

[ hoo t-spuh, khoo t- ]
/ ˈhʊt spə, ˈxʊt- /

noun Slang.

unmitigated effrontery or impudence; gall.
audacity; nerve.


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Origin of chutzpa

1890–95; < Yiddish khutspa < Aramaic ḥūṣpā Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for chutzpah



/ (ˈxʊtspə) /


informal shameless audacity; impudence

Word Origin for chutzpah

C20: from Yiddish
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Cultural definitions for 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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