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[hoo t-spuh, khoo t-] /ˈhʊt spə, ˈxʊt-/
noun, Slang.
unmitigated effrontery or impudence; gall.
audacity; nerve.
Also, chutzpah, hutzpa, hutzpah.
Origin of chutzpa
1890-95; < Yiddish khutspa < Aramaic ḥūṣpā Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chutzpah
  • Even text that is bold, italicized, and underlined all at once doesn't begin to approach the in-your-face chutzpah of all caps.
  • It takes a certain chutzpah for an operatic and concert performer to take art songs into a cabaret setting.
  • Working for yourself requires entrepreneurial spirit and chutzpah.
  • How they came together is a story of friendship and courtship, of bereavement and a bit of chutzpah.
  • Though the long jump remains her weakest event, her chances of making good on her chutzpah appear to be improving.
  • Throughout his career he had the intellectual chutzpah to trumpet the implications of his work.
  • But recognizing what must be done is quite different from summoning the political chutzpah to achieve it.
  • As with her husband, for all her considerable chutzpah, there is a surprising shyness about her.
  • Such chutzpah is enough to get attention in today's academic world.
  • For these firms to say they add liquidity and beg to be left alone because of the good they do is chutzpah.
British Dictionary definitions for chutzpah


(informal) shameless audacity; impudence
Word Origin
C20: from Yiddish
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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
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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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