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or chutzpah, hutzpa, hutzpah

[hoo t-spuh, khoo t-] /ˈhʊt spə, ˈxʊt-/
noun, Slang.
unmitigated effrontery or impudence; gall.
audacity; nerve.
Origin of chutzpa
1890-95; < Yiddish khutspa < Aramaic ḥūṣpā Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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


(informal) shameless audacity; impudence
Word Origin
C20: from Yiddish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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chutzpah in Culture
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.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for chutzpah



Bright andenergetic; vivacious: a nice, wholesome, chirpy, reasonably intelligent woman (1830s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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