[ chop-ee ]
/ ˈtʃɒp i /

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.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for choppy


/ (ˈtʃɒpɪ) /

adjective -pier or -piest

(of the sea, weather, etc) fairly rough
Derived Formschoppily, adverbchoppiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for choppy



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

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