- (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
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Examples from the Web for choppy
The San Francisco Chronicle called it "choppy and flawed," CNN "a bizarre failure."Clooney: A Constant Charmer at the Altar
September 28, 2014
(The choppy, inert 2000 TV movie with Toby Stephens, Mira Sorvino and Paul Rudd barely registered a blip).The Great Gatsby: Book Versus Movie
May 10, 2013
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.
March 7, 2013
After a choppy run in the U.S., could David Beckham be headed to Paris—or China?What’s Next for David Beckham?
December 2, 2012
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
November 5, 2012
He scanned the choppy sea for signs of a British patrol boat.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
Presently he resumed his repose, chuckling a choppy little laugh.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
The stewardess had prophesied correctly when she described the voyage as "choppy."The Jolliest School of All
He awoke on the stone in a world that rocked as sea-boats rock on a choppy sea.The Magic World
This is a peculiar metre, usually felt to be choppy and harsh.The Principles of English Versification
Paull Franklin Baum
- (of the sea, weather, etc) fairly rough
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Word Origin and History for choppy
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