(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.
- chop·pi·ly, adverb
- chop·pi·ness, noun
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How to use choppy in a sentence
The waters quickly turned choppy after that as the virus spread around the world.Disney took in nearly $5 billion less in revenue over the pandemic-riddled holidays | Steven Zeitchik | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Video posted on Instagram, Tik-Tok and Facebook documented at least 10 other boats rushing to aid the sinking vessel and plucking 60 victims out of the choppy water.
It’s another day of choppy trade in stocks, oil, and in Bitcoin.Why Goldman Sachs sees a very different kind of markets rally ahead for 2021 | Bernhard Warner | January 5, 2021 | Fortune
From a player standpoint, that means no more choppy, slow-loading environments, and more realistic lighting effects that integrate convincing reflections and highlights.
If video conferencing gets choppy or cuts out, it’s difficult to get information out to kids.Rural Districts Still Lack Devices, Internet Access as School Year Draws Near | Kayla Jimenez | August 11, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The San Francisco Chronicle called it "choppy and flawed," CNN "a bizarre failure."
(The choppy, inert 2000 TV movie with Toby Stephens, Mira Sorvino and Paul Rudd barely registered a blip).
But it is setting off on a new course, alone, into choppy seas.Why Time Warner Felt It Had to Spin Off Magazine Unit Time Inc. | Daniel Gross | March 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
After a choppy run in the U.S., could David Beckham be headed to Paris—or China?
You see, when states have the ability to curtail the applications of a Constitutional right, you get into choppy waters.Martha Plimpton on Women’s Rights, Sandra Fluke, and Organization A is For | Martha Plimpton | November 5, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
But there was a breeze blowing, a choppy, stiff wind that whipped the water into froth.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Elton had a pleasant, sun-burnt face and a little choppy moustache beneath which his teeth glistened when he smiled.Tramping on Life | Harry Kemp
We were always out to tea, and to boil the kettle in a choppy sea was the great excitement.The Sportswoman's Library, v. 2 | Various
The surface of the ocean was unusually calm for that quarter, in which a rather choppy sea is usually running.The Naval History of the United States | Willis J. Abbot.
The water was choppy and roily, the canoe bobbed a good deal, the anchors dragged, and we did not see any fish.Tales of Fishes | Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for choppy
(of the sea, weather, etc) fairly rough
- choppily, adverb
- choppiness, noun
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