or chutz·pah, hutz·pa, hutz·pah

[hoo t-spuh, khoo t-]
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Origin of chutzpa

1890–95; < Yiddish khutspa < Aramaic ḥūṣpā Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for chutzpah

gall, audacity, boldness, arrogance, spine, nerve, brass, backbone, balls

Examples from the Web for chutzpah

Contemporary Examples of chutzpah

Historical Examples of chutzpah

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for chutzpah



  1. informal shameless audacity; impudence

Word Origin for chutzpah

C20: from Yiddish
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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

chutzpah in Culture


[(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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