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verb (used with object),chopped, chop·ping.
  1. to cut or sever with a quick, heavy blow or a series of blows, using an ax, hatchet, etc. (often followed by down, off, etc.): to chop down a tree.

  2. to make or prepare for use by so cutting: to chop logs.

  1. to cut in pieces; mince (often followed by up): to chop up an onion; to chop meat.

  2. (in tennis, cricket, etc.) to hit (a ball) with a chop stroke.

  3. to weed and thin out (growing cotton) with a hoe.

  4. Fox Hunting. (of a hound or pack) to attack and kill (a fox that has not begun to run).

verb (used without object),chopped, chop·ping.
  1. to make a quick, heavy stroke or a series of strokes, as with an ax.

  2. Boxing. to throw or deliver a short blow, especially a downward one while in a clinch.

  1. (in tennis, cricket, etc.) to employ or deliver a chop stroke.

  2. to go, come, or move suddenly or violently.

  1. an act or instance of chopping.

  2. a cutting blow.

  1. Boxing. a short blow, especially a downward one, executed while in a clinch.

  2. a piece chopped off.

  3. an individual cut or portion of meat, as mutton, lamb, veal, or pork, usually one containing a rib.

  4. crushed or ground grain used as animal feed.

  5. a short, irregular, broken motion of waves; choppiness: There's too much chop for rowing today.

  6. rough, turbulent water, as of a sea or lake.

  7. (in tennis, cricket, etc.) a chop stroke.

Idioms about chop

  1. chop / cut down to size. cut (def. 89).

Origin of chop

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English choppen; variant of chap1

synonym study For chop

1. See cut.

Words Nearby chop

Other definitions for chop (2 of 4)

[ chop ]

verb (used without object),chopped, chop·ping.
  1. to turn, shift, or change suddenly: The wind chopped to the west.

  2. to vacillate; change one's mind.

  1. Obsolete.

    • to barter.

    • to bandy words; argue.

Origin of chop

First recorded in 1425–75; variant of obsolete chap “barter,” Middle English chappen (with vowel as in chapman), chepen, Old English cēapian “to trade” (derivative of cēap “sale, trade”; see cheap)

Other definitions for chop (3 of 4)

[ chop ]

  1. Usually chops .Also chap.

    • the jaw.

    • the lower part of the cheek; the flesh over the lower jaw.

  2. chops,

    • the oral cavity; mouth.

    • Slang. the embouchure or technique necessary to play a wind instrument.

    • Slang. musical ability or virtuosity on any instrument, especially in playing jazz or rock.

    • Slang. the music or musical part played by an instrumentalist, especially a solo passage.

    • Slang. ability, talent, or skill, as in an occupation or activity: He began auditioning for roles in which he would get the chance to prove his acting chops.

  1. an entranceway, as into a body of water.

  2. Horology. either of two pieces clasping the end of the suspension spring of a pendulum.

Origin of chop

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English; perhaps special use of chop1

Other definitions for chop (4 of 4)

[ chop ]

  1. an official stamp or seal, or a permit or clearance, especially as formerly used in India and China.

  2. a design, corresponding to a brand or trademark, stamped on goods to indicate their identity or quality.

  1. the signature stamp of an artist, printmaker, etc., testifying to the authenticity of a work.

  2. quality, class, or grade: a musician of the first chop.

Origin of chop

First recorded in 1605–15, chop is from the Hindi word chāp “impression, stamp” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use chop in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for chop (1 of 3)


/ (tʃɒp) /

verbchops, chopping or chopped
  1. (often foll by down or off) to cut (something) with a blow from an axe or other sharp tool

  2. (tr) to produce or make in this manner: to chop firewood

  1. (tr often foll by up) to cut into pieces

  2. (tr) British informal to dispense with or reduce

  3. (intr) to move quickly or violently

  4. sport to hit (a ball) sharply downwards

  5. boxing martial arts to punch or strike (an opponent) with a short sharp blow

  6. Western African an informal word for eat

  1. a cutting blow

  2. the act or an instance of chopping

  1. a piece chopped off

  2. a slice of mutton, lamb, or pork, generally including a rib

  3. Australian and NZ slang a share (esp in the phrase get or hop in for one's chop)

  4. Western African an informal word for food

  5. Australian and NZ a competition of skill and speed in chopping logs

  6. sport a sharp downward blow or stroke

  7. not much chop Australian and NZ informal not much good; poor

  8. the chop slang dismissal from employment

Origin of chop

C16: variant of chap 1

British Dictionary definitions for chop (2 of 3)


/ (tʃɒp) /

verbchops, chopping or chopped
  1. (intr) to change direction suddenly; vacillate (esp in the phrase chop and change)

  2. obsolete to barter

  1. chop logic to use excessively subtle or involved logic or argument

Origin of chop

Old English ceapian to barter; see cheap, chapman

British Dictionary definitions for chop (3 of 3)


/ (tʃɒp) /

  1. a design stamped on goods as a trademark, esp in the Far East

Origin of chop

C17: from Hindi chhāp

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