[ chop-chop ]
/ ˈtʃɒpˈtʃɒp /


with haste; quickly.

Origin of chop-chop

1825–35; repetitive compound based on Chinese Pidgin English chop quick, of uncertain origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for chop chop

chop chop


pidgin English for quicklySee quickly

Word Origin for chop chop

C19: from Chinese dialect; related to Cantonese kap kap
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Word Origin and History for chop chop



"quickly," Pidgin English, from Chinese k'wa-k'wa (see chopstick).

CHOP. A Chinese word signifying quality; first introduced by mariners in the Chinese trade, but which has now become common in all our seaports. [Bartlett, "Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]
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