American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Utter nerve; effrontery: "has the chutzpah to claim a lock on God and morality” ( New York Times).
- n. slang Nearly arrogant courage; utter audacity, effrontery or impudence; supreme self-confidence; exaggerated self-opinion;
- n. (Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity.
- Originated 1890–95 from Yiddish חוצפּה (khutspe), from Mishnaic Hebrew חֻצְפָּה (khutspá), from חֲצַף (khátsap, "to be insolent"). Ultimately from Aramaic ḥu ṣpā . (Wiktionary)
- Yiddish khutspe, from Mishnaic Hebrew ḥuṣpâ, from ḥāṣap, to be insolent; see ḥṣp in Semitic roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And people I trust tell me I practically invented the word "chutzpah.”
“I particularly enjoyed Jagger's contribution, doing the voice almost as well as Phil Cornwell used to do it in Stella Street, although I should have thought a lyric interpreter like Jagger might have made a better fist of pronouncing the Yiddish word chutzpah.”
“Michele Bachman's failing attempt to pronounce the word "chutzpah" correctly last week was nothing short of ignorant.”
“And people I trust tell me I practically invented the word chutzpah.”
“But the thing that really bugs me about Cheney's quote (again, he said, regarding torture, that: "The fact of the matter is the Justice Department reviewed all those allegations several years ago.") is that in using the Justice Department as justification, he brings to mind the old story used to define the Yiddish word chutzpah: Someone who kills his parents and then throws himself on the mercy of the court as an orphan.”
“I wrote earlier this month that McCain's claims of being an agent of change, when he was at the heart of everything that needed changing, was the ultimate example of the Yiddish word chutzpah (nerve).”
“There is an old story used to illustrate the meaning of the Yiddish word chutzpah (roughly translated as "nerve" or "gall"): A man kills his parents, and then throws himself on the mercy of the court as an orphan.”
“With that in mind and the word chutzpah, which is a Yiddish expression for arrogance, we offer a couple of tidbits on our distinguished elected officials that labor down there in Washington D.C. The first one is that reptilian from C.lifornia C.ngressman Gary C.ndit, who late Friday raced into the courthouse to file his papers for re-election, just ahead of deadline.”
“Now that's what I call chutzpah: the Jewish contribution to the entertainment business A new exhibition celebrates the contribution of Jewish immigrants in helping to create Britain's popular culture.”
“The traditional definition of the Yiddish word chutzpah is: a man who has chutzpah would kill both his parents, and then ask the judge for mercy since he is an orphan.”
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