- The definition of chutzpah is a Yiddish word that refers to shameless boldness or almost-arrogant courage.
When you go right up to the president of a company and tell him he needs to give you a job, this is an example of chutzpah.
Informal shameless audacity; impudence; brass
Origin of chutzpahYiddish ; from Classical Hebrew (language)
Utter nerve; effrontery: “has the chutzpah to claim a lock on God and morality” (New York Times).
Origin of chutzpahYiddish khutspe, from Mishnaic Hebrew &hlowdot;u&slowdot;pâ, from &hlowdot;ā&slowdot;ap, to be insolent; see &hlowdot;&slowdot;p in Semitic roots.