- 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
Examples from the Web for chapped
All servants love to get swollen knees, and chilblains and chapped hands.If Winter Don't
Almond Paste for Chapped Hands (which will preserve them smooth and white).
I'm going to buy him a pair of wristlets, his wrists are so chapped.The Corner House Girls at School
Grace Brooks Hill
Choppy is not so often used as chapped: it is a poetical use of the word.The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 2
It will keep a long while, and is a perfect cure for chapped lips.The Toilet of Flora
- (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 chapped
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.
- Having or relating to skin that is dry, scaly, and fissured, owing to excessive evaporation of moisture from the skin surface.