American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Heavy leather trousers without a seat, worn over ordinary trousers by ranch hands to protect their legs.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An abbreviated form of chaparejos.
- n. Plural form of chap.
- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of chap.
- n. Protective leather leggings attached at the waist.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Short for American Spanish chaparreras. (Wiktionary)
- Short for American Spanish chaparreras, from Spanish chaparro, chaparral; see chaparral. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Then his fringed buckskin "chaps" went; in their place a pair of dreadful grey cloth trousers.”
“He always wore a strange mixture of civilized and savage clothes – fringed buckskin "chaps," beaded moccasins, a blue flannel shirt, a scarlet silk handkerchief knotted around his throat, a wide-brimmed cowboy hat with a rattlesnake skin as a”
“The chaps from the University of Rutland at Belvoir push their glasses up their noses.”
“Soon after, outfitted in chaps and riding gloves supplied by the concierge, I was trotting through fields of alfalfa atop a fat, spotted mare.”
“I think a pair of their chaps is in my future, and I expect my next wallet will be one of theirs.”
“A group of horsemen in chaps and buckskin coats thunders up atop black-and-white steeds.”
“I am increasingly wondering if perhaps a few chaps from the army say might like to suggest to her majesty that she dispense with parliament altogether.”
“Yep … my hero a man who hangs over head in chaps farting on everyone!”
“Off, then, to cross the Rocky Mountains – forty-two of us, and two wagons which had started early to go by road to the first camp: cowboys in chaps and jingling spurs; timorous women, who eyed rather askance the blue and purple mountains back of the hotel; automobile tourists, partly curious and partly envious; the inevitable photographer, for whom we lined up in a semicircle, each one trying to look as if starting off on such a trip was one of the easiest things we did; and over all the bright sun, a breeze from the mountains, and a sense of such exhilaration as only altitude and the West can bring.”
“He’s tattooed, half-naked in chaps, and wears an eyepatch.”
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