Originated 1890–95 from Yiddish חוצפּה (khutspe), from Mishnaic Hebrew חֻצְפָּה (khutspá), from חָצַף (khatsáf, “to be insolent”). Ultimately from Aramaic חוצפא (ḥuṣpāʾ), חֲצַף (ḥaṣap, “to be insolent”).
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: ᴋʜo͝otsʹpă, IPA(key): /ˈxʊts.pɑ/
- (US) enPR: ᴋʜo͝otsʹpə, IPA(key): /ˈxʊts.pə/
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- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: ho͝otsʹpă, IPA(key): /ˈhʊts.pɑ/
- (US) enPR: ho͝otsʹpə, IPA(key): /ˈhʊts.pə/
- (informal) Nearly arrogant courage; utter audacity, effrontery or impudence; supreme self-confidence; exaggerated self-opinion.
- 2007 December 11, John Scalzi, “Your Creation Museum Report”, in Whatever:
- But seriously, the ability to just come out and put on a placard that the Jurassic era is temporally contiguous with the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom of Egypt — well, there’s a word for that, and that word is chutzpah.
- 2015, John Oliver, “Daily Fantasy Sports”, in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 2, episode 34, written by Tim Carvell; Josh Gondelman; Dan Gurewitch; Jeff Maurer; Ben Silva; Will Tracy; Jill Twiss; Seena Vali; Julie Weiner, HBO, Warner Bros. Television:
- Okay, okay, okay… First of all, “shutspah” is actually pronounced “khootspah”. But, but-but-but the idea, the idea that daily fantasy sites are using this law to claim they’re not gambling is not chutzpah, it’s khorseshit!
- chutzpadik (adjective)
nearly arrogant courage
- “chutzpah” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 2000, →ISBN.
- “chutzpah” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
- "chutzpah" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.