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[cheyp] /tʃeɪp/
the lowermost terminal mount of a scabbard.
Origin of chape
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French: (metal) covering < Late Latin cappa; see cap1, cape1
Related forms
chapeless, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for chape
Historical Examples
  • I'll go with you now to a chape hotel, and won't charge you nothin'.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • “Begorra, sure we all thry to have our ray-ligion as chape as we can,” replied he coolly.

    Afloat at Last John Conroy Hutcheson
  • Don't be standin' when sittin' down is chape enough, even for the poor.

    Flint Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • At the other end of the girdle was a metal attachment or chape which gave it consistency where it was most required.

    Jewellery H. Clifford Smith,
  • To cut the matter short, he tould me the skipper had sould me as chape as a speckled orange!

    Seven Frozen Sailors George Manville Fenn
  • That chape (a cape or mantle) she had on must have cost as pretty a sum as would have bought a flock of sheep.

    One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt
  • "Och ay, ye'll can easy get a wee no' awfu' strong yin frae the country, chape," said Erchie.

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
  • He had a chape farm, and could afford to wallow like a swine in filth and laziness.

  • Ah, thin, just a chape deal coffin, shure—wid a few archangels on the lid.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • They must run a chape little thing to the Dargle, about two miles away, along the roadside, just as Balfour showed them the way.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
British Dictionary definitions for chape


a metal tip or trimming for a scabbard
the metal tongue of a buckle
Derived Forms
chapeless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French: hood, metal cover, from Late Latin cappacap
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