Definition of chutzpah in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈxʊtspə
, ˈhʊ-/


[mass noun] informal
  • Extreme self-confidence or audacity (usually used approvingly): love him or hate him, you have to admire Cohen’s chutzpah
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    • Please spare us any more of your bad manners, chutzpah, irony and hypocrisy!
    • Not a lot of men on this planet look good in lime green, but you've got to admire the his chutzpah.
    • But chutzpah seems to be an indispensable part of the country's diplomatic culture.


late 19th century: Yiddish, from Aramaic ḥu ṣpā.

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