- 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.
Origin: Yiddish ; from Classical Hebrew (language)
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Origin: Yiddish khutspe, from Mishnaic Hebrew ḥuṣpâ, from ḥāṣap, to be insolent; see ḥṣp in Semitic roots.
chutzpah - Cultural Definition
Yiddish term for courage bordering on arrogance, roughly equivalent to “nerve” (in the slang sense): “It took a lot of chutzpah to make such a controversial statement.”