[shap-uh-rey-ohs; Spanish chah-pah-rah-haws]
- (in Mexico) chaps.
Also cha·pa·re·jos [shap-uh-rey-ohs; Spanish chah-pah-re-haws] /ˌʃæp əˈreɪ oʊs; Spanish ˌtʃɑ pɑˈrɛ hɔs/.
Origin of chaparajos
- a pair of joined leather leggings, often widely flared, worn over trousers, especially by cowboys, as protection against burs, rope burns, etc., while on horseback.
Origin of chaps
1810–20, Americanism; short for chaparajos
Also called chaparajos, chaparejos.
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Examples from the Web for chaparejos
The ragged one thrust his hands in the pockets of his chaparejos.
Apropos of protecting your legs, there remains still the question of chaparejos or chaps.Camp and Trail
Stewart Edward White
She unbuttoned the flap on a pocket of her chaparejos, and handed him a small parcel wrapped in sky-blue paper.
Old Man Selden balanced his glass on one peaked knee while he reached into a pocket of his chaparejos for a plug of tobacco.
Why, a tide that washes up to a wayfarer's feet a pair o' chaparejos like that—well!
chaparajos (ˌʃæpəˈreɪəʊs, Spanish tʃapaˈraxos)
- another name for chaps
from Mexican Spanish
- leather overalls without a seat, worn by cowboysAlso called: chaparejos, chaparajos
C19: shortened from chaparejos
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Word Origin and History for chaparejos
"jaws, cheeks," from chap (n.), 1550s, of unknown origin. Hence, chap-fallen (1590s).
1844, American English, short for chaparejos, from Mexican Spanish chaparreras, overalls worn to protect from chaparro (see chaparral).
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