adjective, chop·pi·er, chop·pi·est.

(of the sea, a lake, etc.) forming short, irregular, broken waves.
(of the wind) shifting or changing suddenly or irregularly; variable.
uneven in style or quality or characterized by poorly related parts: The book was a choppy first novel.

Nearby words

  1. chopped steak,
  2. chopper,
  3. chopper tool,
  4. chopping,
  5. chopping block,
  6. chops,
  7. chopsteak,
  8. chopstick,
  9. chopsticks,
  10. choragic

Origin of choppy

First recorded in 1595–1605; chop2 + -y1

Related formschop·pi·ly, adverbchop·pi·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for choppiness


adjective -pier or -piest

(of the sea, weather, etc) fairly rough
Derived Formschoppily, adverbchoppiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for choppiness



1830 (of seas), from chop (v.2) + -y (2). Earlier in this sense was chopping (1630s).

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