[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. chap,
  2. chap hop,
  3. chap stick,
  4. chap.,
  5. chapala,
  6. chaparejos,
  7. chaparral,
  8. chaparral bird,
  9. chaparral cock,
  10. chaparral lily

Also cha·pa·re·jos [shap-uh-rey-ohs; Spanish chah-pah-re-haws] /ˌʃæp əˈreɪ oʊs; Spanish ˌtʃɑ pɑˈrɛ hɔs/.

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.

Origin of chaps

1810–20, Americanism; short for chaparajos

Also called chaparajos, chaparejos. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chaparejos


chaparajos (ˌʃæpəˈreɪəʊs, Spanish tʃapaˈraxos)

/ (ˌʃæpəˈreɪəʊs, Spanish tʃapaˈrexos) /

pl n

another name for chaps

Word Origin for chaparejos

from Mexican Spanish


/ (tʃæps, ʃæps) /

pl n

leather overalls without a seat, worn by cowboysAlso called: chaparejos, chaparajos

Word Origin for chaps

C19: shortened from chaparejos

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Word Origin and History for chaparejos
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