/ (ˈxʊtspə) /

  1. informal shameless audacity; impudence

Origin of chutzpah

C20: from Yiddish

Words Nearby chutzpah

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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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