- to crack, roughen, and redden (the skin): The windy, cold weather chapped her lips.
- to cause (the ground, wood, etc.) to split, crack, or open in clefts: The summer heat and drought chapped the riverbank.
- to become chapped.
- a fissure or crack, especially in the skin.
- Scot. a knock; rap.
Origin of chap1
- Chiefly British Informal: Older Use. a fellow; man or boy.
- Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a baby or young child.
- British Dialect. a customer.
Origin of chap2
Origin of chap3
Examples from the Web for chap
Sure, you may call this petty, but it really does chap my hide!Uncle Ro Ro Daddy Hates Rudeness!
Roland S. Martin
August 9, 2014
Then, handing me back my iPad, he said nonchalantly in a really good mock-English accent, “Sorry, chap, my dance card is full.”Bulletin From The Front
Rabbi Daniel Landes
April 9, 2013
Just minutes earler, a chap wearing a Prince William mask tried to gain entry to the hospital via the main entrance.William Arrives At Hospital - As Masked Prankster is Lead Away!
December 4, 2012
Mitt, dear chap, one is delighted to escort Muffy to the cotillion.Paul Begala: Huntsman Wins South Carolina Debate by Dropping Out
January 17, 2012
A chap called Charles happens to be at the head of that particular queue.Why William and Kate Held Off Again
June 8, 2010
He can't acquire the gift, and no more can a chap acquire this gift.
If a chap's not born with the gift he's an ass to think he can acquire it.
I've always been taken with the chap; and I'm very glad you read him correctly.
There are many such instances in the Bible, as we saw in Chap.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part III]
Benedict of Spinoza
Many others are found in the course of the work: for instance, in chap.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part II]
Benedict of Spinoza
- (of the skin) to make or become raw and cracked, esp by exposure to cold
- Scot (of a clock) to strike (the hour)
- Scot to knock (at a door, window, etc)
- (usually plural) a cracked or sore patch on the skin caused by chapping
- Scot a knock
- informal a man or boy; fellow
- a less common word for chop 3
Word Origin and History for chap
1570s, "customer," short for obsolete chapman "purchaser, trader" (see cheap). Colloquial sense of "lad, fellow" is first attested 1716 (cf. slang tough customer).
"to crack," mid-15c., chappen (intransitive) "to split, burst open;" "cause to crack" (transitive); perhaps a variant of choppen (see chop (v.), and cf. strap/strop), or related to Middle Dutch kappen "to chop, cut," Danish kappe, Swedish kappa "to cut." Related: Chapped; chapping. The noun meaning "fissure in the skin" is from late 14c.