Definition of ballsy in US English:


adjectiveballsier, ballsiest

  • Tough and courageous.

    ‘a cool, ballsy woman who could not be intimidated’
    • ‘That, if you ask me, is intelligent, ballsy politics.’
    • ‘I just relished that ballsy attitude, and I found that it helped me own my own masculinity.’
    • ‘We wanted to make a film that was gutsy and ballsy.’
    • ‘Polished, ballsy, and almost note perfect from start to finish, there is simply no room for criticism on what was a near perfect set.’
    • ‘One of their biggest fans, he says, is an attractive, ballsy, slightly plump female friend who constantly complained that men didn't see her inner beauty.’
    • ‘If I met a woman my age at a dinner party who was already grey, I'd initially be put off - mainly because I'd think that she might be too ballsy and strong.’
    • ‘I think women are a lot more ballsy, less worried about making a fool of themselves.’
    • ‘It's a ballsy move, demanding a huge effort, especially if tried solo.’
    • ‘Though she was the size and shape of a toddler, her personality and grasp of the language was that of a ballsy 35-year-old woman.’
    • ‘I approached with some trepidation, contemplating whether I was feeling ballsy enough to go back in.’
    • ‘Even the unexpectedly ballsy ending disappoints.’
    • ‘We have discussed it and that's a ballsy move right there.’
    • ‘I admire your blithe spirit in the face of overwhelming reality, and your ballsy indifference to the same gloom that frequently swamps me.’
    • ‘They were ballsy, gritty, and more simply, a great rock ‘n’ roll band.’
    • ‘I liked the ballsy women and the gallant men, and their cheap-shot locker-room humour.’
    • ‘A playwright would have to be pretty ballsy to put it in a title.’
    • ‘Anders replied that as in all artmaking, you have to be ‘insanely ballsy.’’
    • ‘I thought it was very ballsy to put a dramatic moment between two characters in the midst of a third act that had seemingly spiraled out of control.’
    • ‘And I get to play his once live-in lover and assistant, who's a very ballsy, bawdy Parisian.’
    • ‘The last time somebody did something this ballsy it was called Metal Machine Music, and we spent the next 20 years arguing about whether or not it was brilliant.’
    brave, fearless, courageous, valorous, plucky, intrepid, heroic, stout-hearted, lionhearted, manly, manful, bold, daring, audacious, gallant, confident, spirited, stout, undaunted, dauntless, doughty, mettlesome, unalarmed, unflinching, unshrinking, unblenching, unabashed, undismayed
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