[ chop-chop ]
/ ˈtʃɒpˈtʃɒp /


with haste; quickly.

Nearby words

  1. chop chop,
  2. chop mark,
  3. chop shop,
  4. chop stroke,
  5. chop suey,
  6. chop-house,
  7. chopa,
  8. chopart's amputation,
  9. chopart's joint,
  10. chopblock

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

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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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