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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Definitions for chutzpa

  1. Slang. unmitigated effrontery or impudence; gall.
  2. Slang. audacity; nerve.

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Citations for chutzpa
"That's chutzpa," Levy said admiringly, "pure, unadulterated chutzpa." "What's chutzpa?" "Yiddish for gall, nerve, arrogance—whatever…" Howard Fast, The Immigrants, 1977
And now that I had the chutzpa to say such a thing, I'll say more. Robert Kimmel Smith, Sadie Shapiro in Miami, 1977
Origin of chutzpa
Chutzpa came to English from Yiddish in the 1890s. This term is ultimately derived from the Aramaic ḥūṣpā.