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chutz·pahalso hutz·pah (KHo͝ot′spə, ho͝ot′-)
Utter nerve; effrontery: "has the chutzpah to claim a lock on God and morality" (New York Times).
[Yiddish khutspe, from Mishnaic Hebrew ḥuṣpâ, from ḥāṣap, to be insolent; see ḥṣp in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
informal shameless audacity; impudence
[C20: from Yiddish]
A Yiddish term meaning audacity, courage, or nerve.
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|Noun||1.||chutzpah - (Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity|
cheekiness, insolence, impertinence, impudence, crust, freshness, gall - the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
The state or quality of being impudent or arrogantly self-confident:
assumption, audaciousness, audacity, boldness, brashness, brazenness, cheek, cheekiness, discourtesy, disrespect, effrontery, face, familiarity, forwardness, gall, impertinence, impudence, impudency, incivility, insolence, nerve, nerviness, overconfidence, pertness, presumptuousness, pushiness, rudeness, sassiness, sauciness.