chopper

[ chop-er ]
/ ˈtʃɒp ər /

noun

verb (used without object)

Informal.
  1. to travel by helicopter: We choppered into midtown from the airport.
  2. to travel by motorcycle.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. chopine,
  2. choplogic,
  3. chopped,
  4. chopped liver,
  5. chopped steak,
  6. chopper tool,
  7. chopping,
  8. chopping block,
  9. choppy,
  10. chops

Origin of chopper

1545–55; 1950–55 for def 5; chop1 + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for chopper

chopper

/ (ˈtʃɒpə) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for chopper

chopper

n.

1550s, "one who chops," agent noun from chop (v.1). Meaning "meat cleaver" is by 1818. Meaning "helicopter" is from 1951, Korean War military slang (cf. egg-beater); as a type of stripped-down motorcycle (originally prefered by Hell's Angels) from 1965.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for chopper

chopper

[ chŏpər ]

A crudely flaked, unifacial core tool, especially one associated with the Oldowan stone culture of the early Paleolithic Period.
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