Chutzpah

Pronunciation: [ hutz-pah ]


Definition: noun

informal shameless audacity; impudence

Origin: Late 19th century; Aramaic


Etymology: Yiddish, from Aramaic ḥu ṣpā


Usage:

Synonyms:

  • audacity

  • cheek

  • guts

  • nerve

  • boldness

  • gall

Antonyms:

  • humility

  • meekness

  • modesty

Example: You may not like him, but you sure have to admire his chutzpah.

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