[ chop-stik ]


  1. one of a pair of thin, tapered sticks, often of wood or ivory, held in one hand between the thumb and fingers and used chiefly in China, Japan, and other Asian countries for lifting food to the mouth.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of chopstick1

1690–1700; Chinese Pidgin English chop quick ( chop-chop ) + stick 1

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Example Sentences

Its jaw muscles comprise a whopping quarter of its muscle mass, and it can move its incisors independently, like chopsticks.

You can do it by pressing twine, a reed, a skewer, or a chopstick.

Using 2 wooden skewers or a set of chopsticks, flip each round frequently until they begin to puff up.

From Eater

When learning a new trick, whether it’s how to properly use chopsticks, riding a bike, or editing something on Photoshop, it can be a lot easier to look on and see how somebody else does it.

A study published June 3 in Emerging Infectious Diseases found traces of SARS-CoV-2 genetic material on chopsticks used by patients in Hong Kong, but whether virus particles could survive on a chopstick and actually infect someone remains unknown.

Poke center of Italian sausages with chopstick to make well, fill with chocolate syrup and twist the open end of the sausage.

One may search in vain for the trace of any object in the nature of a chopstick in Central or South America.

A Sheffield quarrel man is not to be mystified like a Jerry Chopstick.

It is to be hoped that the chopstick may ultimately be adopted here instead of the knife and fork.

Anybody who can make a shoe-peg or wooden toothpick can make a chopstick.