[ chop ]
/ tʃɒp /
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verb (used with object), chopped, chop·ping.
verb (used without object), chopped, chop·ping.
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Idioms about chop

    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.

Other definitions for chop (2 of 4)

[ chop ]
/ tʃɒp /

verb (used without object), chopped, chop·ping.
to turn, shift, or change suddenly: The wind chopped to the west.
to vacillate; change one's mind.
  1. to barter.
  2. 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 ]
/ tʃɒp /

Usually chops .Also chap.
  1. the jaw.
  2. the lower part of the cheek; the flesh over the lower jaw.
  1. the oral cavity; mouth.
  2. Slang. the embouchure or technique necessary to play a wind instrument.
  3. Slang. musical ability or virtuosity on any instrument, especially in playing jazz or rock.
  4. Slang. the music or musical part played by an instrumentalist, especially a solo passage.
  5. 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.
an entranceway, as into a body of water.
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 ]
/ tʃɒp /

an official stamp or seal, or a permit or clearance, especially as formerly used in India and China.
a design, corresponding to a brand or trademark, stamped on goods to indicate their identity or quality.
the signature stamp of an artist, printmaker, etc., testifying to the authenticity of a work.
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”
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What is a basic definition of chop?

Chop means to cut something with heavy blows or to cut something into pieces. Chop also refers to a piece of something that was chopped or a fast, downward blow in boxing or martial arts. Chop has many other senses as a verb and a noun.

Chop is frequently followed by down, off, or another preposition. When something is chopped, it is struck with a sharp tool in order to cut it into pieces or completely destroy it. A person or thing that chops is called a chopper.

  • Real-life examples: Lumberjacks chop down trees with axes or hatchets. A barber will chop off your hair with scissors. Firefighters might have to chop through a door with an axe in order to rescue someone.
  • Used in a sentence: I helped my dad chop down a Christmas tree.  

Chop can also mean to cut something into pieces or slices. Unless it is referring to food, chop is almost always followed by the word up in this sense.

  • Real-life examples: Butchers chop meat. Chefs will chop onions, carrots, celery, and many other ingredients. A person might chop up furniture in order to make it easier to throw away or burn.
  • Used in a sentence: I chopped up a tomato and added it to my salad. 

A chop is a piece of something that has been chopped off of something else. This sense often refers to a slice or cut of meat.

  • Real-life examples: Most grocery stores sell pork chops and lamb chops. You might feed your dog chops of beef.
  • Used in a sentence: I watched the zookeepers feed the tigers big chops of meat. 

In boxing and martial arts, a chop is a quick, heavy blow that is usually delivered downward. You may be familiar with this sense because of the common use of karate chops as an attack in popular culture.

  • Used in a sentence: Nia is able to perform a powerful chop that can cut through a stack of wood. 

Where does chop come from?

The first records of chop come from around 1350. It comes from the Middle English choppen and is a variation of the word chap, meaning “to crack” or “to split.”

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How is chop used in real life?

Chop is a very common word that most often means to hack something apart or into pieces.



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Which of the following would LEAST likely be used to chop something?

A. axe
B. book
C. knife
D. hatchet

How to use chop in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for chop (1 of 3)

/ (tʃɒp) /

verb chops, chopping or chopped

Word Origin for chop

C16: variant of chap 1

British Dictionary definitions for chop (2 of 3)

/ (tʃɒp) /

verb chops, chopping or chopped
(intr) to change direction suddenly; vacillate (esp in the phrase chop and change)
obsolete to barter
chop logic to use excessively subtle or involved logic or argument

Word Origin for chop

Old English ceapian to barter; see cheap, chapman

British Dictionary definitions for chop (3 of 3)

/ (tʃɒp) /

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

Word Origin for chop

C17: from Hindi chhāp
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