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chaps

[ chaps, shaps ]
/ tʃæps, ʃæps /
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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.
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Also called chaparajos, chaparejos.

Origin of chaps

1810–20, Americanism; short for chaparajos
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British Dictionary definitions for chaps

chaps
/ (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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