verb (used without object)

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

Origin of chopper

1545–55; 1950–55 for def 5; chop1 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for choppers

molar, dicer, mincer, axe

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British Dictionary definitions for choppers



mainly British a small hand axe
a butcher's cleaver
a person or thing that cuts or chops
an informal name for a helicopter
mainly British a slang name for penis
a device for periodically interrupting an electric current or beam of radiation to produce a pulsed current or beamSee also vibrator (def. 2)
a type of bicycle or motorcycle with very high handlebars and an elongated saddle
NZ a child's bicycle
obsolete, slang, mainly US a sub-machine-gun
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Word Origin and History for choppers



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

choppers in Science



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