chaps

[ 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.

Definition for chaps (2 of 4)

chap1
[ chap ]
/ tʃæp /

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.

Origin of chap

1
1275–1325; Middle English chappen; cognate with Dutch kappen to cut; akin to chip1

OTHER WORDS FROM chap

un·chapped, adjective

Definition for chaps (3 of 4)

chap2
[ chap ]
/ tʃæp /

noun

Chiefly British Informal: Older Use. a fellow; man or boy.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a baby or young child.
British Dialect. a customer.

Origin of chap

2
First recorded in 1570–80; short for chapman

Definition for chaps (4 of 4)

chap3
[ chop, chap ]
/ tʃɒp, tʃæp /

noun

Origin of chap

3
1325–75; Middle English; perhaps special use of chap1
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British Dictionary definitions for chaps (1 of 4)

chaps
/ (tʃæps, ʃæps) /

pl n

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

Word Origin for chaps

C19: shortened from chaparejos

British Dictionary definitions for chaps (2 of 4)

chap1
/ (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 chaps (3 of 4)

chap2
/ (tʃæp) /

noun

informal a man or boy; fellow

Word Origin for chap

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

British Dictionary definitions for chaps (4 of 4)

chap3
/ (tʃɒp, tʃæp) /

noun

a less common word for chop 3
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