Definition of chutzpah in English:



mass nouninformal
  • Extreme self-confidence or audacity (usually used approvingly)

    ‘love him or hate him, you have to admire Cohen's chutzpah’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What it lacks in status and history, however, Croydon more than makes up for in sheer chutzpah, at least if its charismatic mayor is anything to go by.’
    • ‘Their courage and chutzpah turned a local story into an international media phenomenon and inspired millions of women worldwide.’
    • ‘The Byre Theatre returned with a proposal to demolish the building and start again and was awarded £3.4m for its chutzpah.’
    • ‘Even by the cynical standards of our dishonest political system, this is world-class chutzpah.’
    • ‘Perhaps it was not a case of misguided chutzpah after all.’
    • ‘It takes enormous chutzpah to write, direct and mount your own show, and to do such a thing at the age of 14 is no small feat.’
    • ‘It has some merit as a display of chutzpah, but that is it.’
    • ‘The ex-politician's chutzpah has not been diminished by his incarceration.’
    • ‘The group's sheer chutzpah is so persuasive you're entertained all the way.’
    • ‘The author may not have much of an argument, but you've got to admit he's got chutzpah.’
    • ‘This college has the sheer chutzpah to name their graduate school after Cambridge!’
    • ‘Charmed by his chutzpah and mile-wide smile, she gave him her number.’
    • ‘The action keeps on coming, making up for some poor digital effects with good choreography and plenty of chutzpah.’
    • ‘Like the target audience, this film is young, dumb, and full of chutzpah.’
    • ‘Ruby was so successful because she was brilliant, very hard working, and had a lot of chutzpah.’
    • ‘His conference speech last year was breathtaking in its chutzpah and ill-concealed ambition.’
    • ‘Her chutzpah paid off and, after the wrap party, she headed for London and started applying for jobs as a producer.’
    impertinence, impudence, cheek, cheekiness, bad manners, ill-manneredness, unmannerliness, rudeness, impoliteness, incivility, lack of civility, discourtesy, discourteousness, disrespect, insubordination, contempt


Late 19th century Yiddish, from Aramaic ḥu ṣpā.



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