Definition of ballsy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbôlzē/

adjective (ballsier, ballsiest)

Tough and courageous: a cool, ballsy woman who could not be intimidated
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  • I liked the ballsy women and the gallant men, and their cheap-shot locker-room humour.
  • I just relished that ballsy attitude, and I found that it helped me own my own masculinity.
  • We wanted to make a film that was gutsy and ballsy.



Example sentences
  • She sustains a neat balance between ambition and compassion, femininity and ballsiness which allows at least a glimpse into the war correspondent's dilemma.
  • As the San Francisco bureau chief, he gives the same quiet ballsiness that he brought to his other police roles.
  • In a rare moment of ballsiness, Nola asks him, ‘What exactly is it that you DO?’


1950s: from balls + -y1.

Words that rhyme with ballsy


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Syllabification: balls·y

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