chop suey

or chop sooy



a Chinese-style American dish consisting of small pieces of meat, chicken, etc., cooked together with bean sprouts, onions, mushrooms, or other vegetables and seasoning, in a gravy, often served with rice and soy sauce.

Origin of chop suey

1885–90, Americanism; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) jaahp seui mixed bits, akin to Chinese zá suì Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chop suey

Historical Examples of chop suey

  • It must taste like a mixture of Hungarian goulash and Chinese chop-suey!

  • By night he vicariously operated a chop-suey palace on Seventh Avenue, where congregated the worst elements of the Tenderloin.

    Tutt and Mr. Tutt

    Arthur Train

  • "Chop-suey sundae," he announced, after a hasty glance at the printed menu.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely

  • To make matters worse, she added explanatorily: Why, the girls say chop-suey is great!

    Polly in New York

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • Anyhow they'll tax every laundry and chop-suey palace from the Bronx to the Battery to pay us.

    Tutt and Mr. Tutt

    Arthur Train

British Dictionary definitions for chop suey

chop suey


a Chinese-style dish originating in the US, consisting of meat or chicken, bean sprouts, etc, stewed and served with rice

Word Origin for chop suey

C19: from Chinese (Cantonese) tsap sui odds and ends
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for chop suey

1885, American English, from Chinese (Cantonese dialect) tsap sui "odds and ends, mixed bits."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper