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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.
    • 22/01/2007, The Times, Modern Manners
      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.
    • 12/11/2007, John Scalzi, Whatever, Your Creation Museum Report
      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 November 15, John Oliver, “Daily Fantasy Sports”, in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 2, episode 34, HBO:
      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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