One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Shameless audacity; impudence.
impertinence, impudence, cheek, cheekiness, bad manners, ill-manneredness, unmannerliness, rudeness, impoliteness, incivility, lack of civility, discourtesy, discourteousness, disrespect, insubordination, contemptView synonyms
- ‘Her chutzpah paid off and, after the wrap party, she headed for London and started applying for jobs as a producer.’
- ‘It has some merit as a display of chutzpah, but that is it.’
- ‘The group's sheer chutzpah is so persuasive you're entertained all the way.’
- ‘The action keeps on coming, making up for some poor digital effects with good choreography and plenty of chutzpah.’
- ‘But chutzpah seems to be an indispensable part of the country's diplomatic culture.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This college has the sheer chutzpah to name their graduate school after Cambridge!’
- ‘The author may not have much of an argument, but you've got to admit he's got chutzpah.’
- ‘The ex-politician's chutzpah has not been diminished by his incarceration.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Please spare us any more of your bad manners, chutzpah, irony and hypocrisy!’
- ‘Charmed by his chutzpah and mile-wide smile, she gave him her number.’
- ‘Ruby was so successful because she was brilliant, very hard working, and had a lot of chutzpah.’
- ‘The Byre Theatre returned with a proposal to demolish the building and start again and was awarded £3.4m for its chutzpah.’
- ‘Perhaps it was not a case of misguided chutzpah after all.’
- ‘Even by the cynical standards of our dishonest political system, this is world-class chutzpah.’
- ‘Their courage and chutzpah turned a local story into an international media phenomenon and inspired millions of women worldwide.’
- ‘Not a lot of men on this planet look good in lime green, but you've got to admire the his chutzpah.’
- ‘His conference speech last year was breathtaking in its chutzpah and ill-concealed ambition.’
- ‘Like the target audience, this film is young, dumb, and full of chutzpah.’
Late 19th century: Yiddish, from Aramaic ḥu ṣpā.
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