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Originated 1890–95 from Yiddish חוצפּה(khutspe), from Mishnaic Hebrew חֻצְפָּה(khutspá), from חָצַף(khatsáf, to be insolent). Ultimately from Aramaic חוצפא(ḥuṣpāʾ), חֲצַף(ḥaṣap, to be insolent).



chutzpah (usually uncountable, plural chutzpahs)

  1. (informal) Nearly arrogant courage; utter audacity, effrontery or impudence; supreme self-confidence; exaggerated self-opinion.
    Synonyms: cheek, nerve, boldness, audacity, insolence
    • 2007 January 22, Philip Howard, “Modern Manners”, in The Times[1]:
      If the service is rotten and the meal a disaster, we should withhold a tip and explain why we are doing so. Few of us have the chutzpah to do this.
    • 2007 December 11, John Scalzi, “Your Creation Museum Report”, in Whatever[2]:
      But seriously, the ability to just come out and put on a placard that the Jurassic era is temporally contiguous with the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom of Egypt — well, there’s a word for that, and that word is chutzpah.
    • 2015, Tim Carvell; Josh Gondelman; Dan Gurewitch; Jeff Maurer; Ben Silva; Will Tracy; Jill Twiss; Seena Vali; Julie Weiner, “Daily Fantasy Sports”, in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 2, episode 34, HBO, Warner Bros. Television:
      Okay, okay, okay… First of all, “shutspah” is actually pronounced “khootspah”. But, but-but-but the idea, the idea that daily fantasy sites are using this law to claim they’re not gambling is not chutzpah, it’s khorseshit!

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