chop

1
[ chop ]
/ tʃɒp /
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verb (used with object), chopped, chop·ping.

verb (used without object), chopped, chop·ping.

noun


Nearby words

  1. choon,
  2. choora,
  3. choose,
  4. choose up,
  5. choosy,
  6. chop chop,
  7. chop mark,
  8. chop shop,
  9. chop stroke,
  10. chop suey

Idioms

    chop/cut down to size. cut(def 89).

Origin of chop

1
1350–1400; Middle English choppen; variant of chap1

Synonym study

1. See cut.

chop

2
[ chop ]
/ tʃɒp /

verb (used without object), chopped, chop·ping.

to turn, shift, or change suddenly: The wind chopped to the west.
to vacillate; change one's mind.
Obsolete.
  1. to barter.
  2. to bandy words; argue.

Origin of chop

2
1425–75; variant of obsolete chap barter, Middle English chappen (with vowel as in chapman), chepen, Old English cēapian to trade (derivative of cēap sale, trade; see cheap)

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British Dictionary definitions for chopping

chop

1
/ (tʃɒp) /

verb chops, chopping or chopped

noun

Word Origin for chop

C16: variant of chap 1

chop

2
/ (tʃɒp) /

verb chops, chopping or chopped

(intr) to change direction suddenly; vacillate (esp in the phrase chop and change)
obsolete to barter
chop logic to use excessively subtle or involved logic or argument

Word Origin for chop

Old English ceapian to barter; see cheap, chapman

chop

3
/ (tʃɒp) /

noun

a design stamped on goods as a trademark, esp in the Far East

Word Origin for chop

C17: from Hindi chhāp

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Word Origin and History for chopping
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