Chutzpah meaning

KHo͝otspə, ho͝ot-
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.

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Utter nerve; effrontery.
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(informal) Shameless audacity; impudence; brass.
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(slang) Nearly arrogant courage; utter audacity, effrontery or impudence; supreme self-confidence; exaggerated self-opinion;
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Origin of chutzpah

  • Yiddish khutspe from Mishnaic Hebrew ḥuṭpâ from ḥāṭap to be insolent ḥṭp in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Originated 1890–95 from Yiddish חוצפּה (khutspe), from Mishnaic Hebrew חֻצְפָּה (khutspá), from חָצַף (khátsaf, “to be insolent”). Ultimately from Aramaic חוצפא (ḥuṣpāʾ), חֲצַף (ḥaṣap, “to be insolent”).

    From Wiktionary