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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
1890-1895
Chutzpa came to English from Yiddish in the 1890s. This term is ultimately derived from the Aramaic ḥūṣpā.
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