ballsy

[bawl-zee]
adjective, ballsier, ballsiest. Slang: Usually Vulgar.
boldly aggressive or courageous: a ballsy gal who isn't afraid of anyone.

Origin:
1955–60; balls + -y1; cf. -sy

ballsiness, noun
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ballsy (ˈbɔːlzɪ)
 
adj
slang courageous and spirited
 
[C20: from balls meaning courage, forcefulness]

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ballsy
"courageous, masculine," 1959, first attested in Norman Mailer (writing of Truman Capote); see balls.
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ballsy definition


  1. mod.
    courageous; daring; foolhardy. (Usually said of a male. Usually objectionable.) : Who is that ballsy jerk climbing the side of the building?
  2. mod.
    aggressive; masculine. (Said of a female, especially a masculine female. Usually objectionable.) : You act too ballsy, Lillian. You put people off.
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But there is something especially ballsy about altering the timbre of one's voice for a role.
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