from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Utter nerve; effrontery: "has the chutzpah to claim a lock on God and morality” ( New York Times).
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- n. Nearly arrogant courage; utter audacity, effrontery or impudence; supreme self-confidence; exaggerated self-opinion;
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- n. (Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity
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)
Originated 1890–95 from Yiddish חוצפּה (khutspe), from Mishnaic Hebrew חֻצְפָּה (khutspá), from חֲצַף (khátsap, "to be insolent"). Ultimately from Aramaic ḥu ṣpā . (Wiktionary)