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[shap-uh-rey-ohs; Spanish chah-pah-rah-haws] /ˌʃæp əˈreɪ oʊs; Spanish ˌtʃɑ pɑˈrɑ hɔs/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
(in Mexico) chaps.
Also, chaparejos
[shap-uh-rey-ohs; Spanish chah-pah-re-haws] /ˌʃæp əˈreɪ oʊs; Spanish ˌtʃɑ pɑˈrɛ hɔs/ (Show IPA)
Origin of chaparajos
1860-65, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish, variant of chaparejos, probably blend of chaparral chaparral and aparejos, plural of aparejo gear; akin to apparel


[chaps, shaps] /tʃæps, ʃæps/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
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.
Also called chaparajos, chaparejos.
1810-20, Americanism; short for chaparajos Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for chaparejos
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  • The ragged one thrust his hands in the pockets of his chaparejos.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  • 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.

    The Heritage of the Hills Arthur P. Hankins
  • Old Man Selden balanced his glass on one peaked knee while he reached into a pocket of his chaparejos for a plug of tobacco.

    The Heritage of the Hills Arthur P. Hankins
  • Why, a tide that washes up to a wayfarer's feet a pair o' chaparejos like that—well!

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  • The Boy thrust the medal into a pocket of his chaparejos, and crawled into his snow-covered bed.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
British Dictionary definitions for chaparejos


/ˌʃæpəˈreɪəʊs; Spanish tʃapaˈrexos/
plural noun
another name for chaps
Word Origin
from Mexican Spanish


/tʃæps; ʃæps/
plural noun
leather overalls without a seat, worn by cowboys Also called chaparejos, chaparajos
Word Origin
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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