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chap

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[ chap ]
/ tʃæp /
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verb (used with object), chapped, chap·ping.

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.

verb (used without object), chapped, chap·ping.

to become chapped.

noun

a fissure or crack, especially in the skin.
Scot. a knock; rap.

RELATED WORDS

rugged, rocky, coarse, bumpy, fuzzy, choppy, harsh, gritty, homespun, crude, grainy, sharp, ridged, bearded, jagged, broken, tangled, nappy, disheveled, tousled

Nearby words

chaordic, chaos, chaos theory, chaotic, chaozhou, chap, chap hop, chap stick, chap., chapala, chaparajos

Origin of chap

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1275–1325; Middle English chappen; cognate with Dutch kappen to cut; akin to chip1
Related formsun·chapped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chapped (1 of 3)

chap

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/ (tʃæp) /

verb chaps, chapping or chapped

(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)

noun

(usually plural) a cracked or sore patch on the skin caused by chapping
Scot a knock

Word Origin for chap

C14: probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch, German kappen to chop off

British Dictionary definitions for chapped (2 of 3)

chap

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/ (tʃæp) /

noun

informal a man or boy; fellow

Word Origin for chap

C16 (in the sense: buyer): shortened from chapman

British Dictionary definitions for chapped (3 of 3)

chap

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/ (tʃɒp, tʃæp) /

noun

a less common word for chop 3
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Medicine definitions for chapped

chapped

[ chăpt ]

adj.

Having or relating to skin that is dry, scaly, and fissured, owing to excessive evaporation of moisture from the skin surface.
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