or chap·py


noun plural chap·pies. British Informal.

Origin of chappie

First recorded in 1815–25; chap2 + -ie




Also called James the Great. one of the 12 apostles, the son of Zebedee and brother of the apostle John. Matt. 4:21.
the person identified in Gal. 1:19 as a brother of Jesus: probably the author of the Epistle of St. James.
Also called James the Less. James the son of Alphaeus, one of the 12 apostles. Matt. 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:15.
Alice,1848–92, U.S. diarist, sister of Henry and William James.
C(yril) L(ionel) R(obert),1901–89, Trinidadian author, historian, and political activist.
Daniel, Jr.Chappie, 1920–78, U.S. Air Force officer: first black general.
Henry,1811–82, U.S. philosopher and author (father of Henry and William James).
Henry,1843–1916, U.S. novelist and critic in England (brother of William James).
Jesse (Wood·son) [woo d-suh n] /ˈwʊd sən/, 1847–82, U.S. outlaw and legendary figure.
Will,1892–1942, U.S. author and illustrator.
William,1842–1910, U.S. psychologist and pragmatist philosopher (brother of Henry James).
a river flowing E from the W part of Virginia to Chesapeake Bay. 340 miles (547 km) long.
a river flowing S from central North Dakota through South Dakota to the Missouri River. 710 miles (1143 km) long.
one of the books of the New Testament. Abbreviation: Jas.
a male given name.

Origin of James

Middle English Jame(s) < Old French < Vulgar Latin *Jacomus, for *Jacobus, alteration of Late Latin Jacōbus Jacob; compare Spanish Jaime, Italian Giacomo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chappie

Contemporary Examples of chappie

Historical Examples of chappie

  • Sort of get a chappie into training for going to heaven, what?

    Jill the Reckless

    P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse

  • Then he deals two to a chappie on his right, and all the punters on the right, back that sportsman.

    The Mark Of Cain

    Andrew Lang

  • Chappie and Mr. Inglestry can be our witnesses; and you might get Sir Deryck.

    The Following of the Star

    Florence L. Barclay

  • "Yes; and when it comes to the show-down, I rather hope I'll be the 'chappie'," I said.

    Pirates' Hope

    Francis Lynde

  • I didn't remember any Mason, but Parker said the chappie said he knew me when I was a kid.

    The Little Warrior

    P. G. Wodehouse

British Dictionary definitions for chappie



informal another word for chap 1 (def. 2)



Clive. born 1939, Australian journalist, critic and broadcaster. His books include the memoirs Unreliable Memoirs (1980) and North Face of Soho (2006) and the novel Brilliant Creatures (1983)
Henry 1843–1916, British novelist, short-story writer, and critic, born in the US Among his novels are Washington Square (1880), The Portrait of a Lady (1881), The Bostonians (1886), The Wings of the Dove (1902), The Ambassadors (1903), and The Golden Bowl (1904)
Jesse (Woodson). 1847–82, US outlaw
P (hyllis) D (orothy), Baroness James of Holland Park. born 1920, British detective novelist. Her books include Death of an Expert Witness (1977), Original Sin (1994), and Death in Holy Orders (2001)
William, brother of Henry James. 1842–1910, US philosopher and psychologist, whose theory of pragmatism is expounded in Essays in Radical Empiricism (1912). His other works include The Will to Believe (1897), The Principles of Psychology (1890), and The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902)
New Testament
  1. known as James the Great. one of the twelve apostles, a son of Zebedee and brother to John the apostle (Matthew 4:21). Feast day: July 25 or April 30
  2. known as James the Less. one of the twelve apostles, son of Alphaeus (Matthew 10:3). Feast day: May 3 or Oct 9
  3. known as James the brother of the Lord. a brother or close relative of Jesus (Mark 6:3; Galatians 1:19). Feast day: Oct 23
  4. the book ascribed to his authorship (in full The Epistle of James)
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Word Origin and History for chappie


masc. proper name, name of two of Christ's disciples, late 12c. Middle English vernacular form of Late Latin Jacomus (source of Old French James, Spanish Jaime, Italian Giacomo), altered from Latin Jacobus (see Jacob).

The Welsh form was Iago, the Cornish Jago. Fictional British spy James Bond dates from 1953, created by British author Ian Fleming (1908-1964), who plausibly is said to have taken the name from that of U.S. ornithologist James Bond (1900-1989), an expert on Caribbean birds.

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