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[chop-stiks] /ˈtʃɒpˌstɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
a harmonically and melodically simple waltz for piano played typically with the forefinger of each hand and sometimes having an accompanying part for a second player.
Origin of chopsticks
1890-95; perhaps after chopstick from the way the fingers are held


[chop-stik] /ˈtʃɒpˌstɪk/
one of a pair of thin, tapered sticks, often of wood or ivory, held in one hand between the thumb and fingers and used chiefly in China, Japan, and other Asian countries for lifting food to the mouth.
1690-1700; Chinese Pidgin English chop quick (see chop-chop) + stick1 Unabridged
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plural noun
a pair of thin sticks, of ivory, wood, etc, used as eating utensils by the Chinese, Japanese, and other people of East Asia
Word Origin
C17: from pidgin English, from chop quick, of Chinese dialect origin + stick1
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Word Origin and History for chopsticks



also chop-stick, 1690s, sailors' partial translation of Chinese k'wai tse, variously given as "fast ones" or "nimble boys," first element from pidgin English chop, from Cantonese kap "urgent." Chopsticks, the two-fingered piano exercise, is first attested 1893, probably from the resemblance of the fingers to chopsticks.

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