American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cut by striking with a heavy sharp tool, such as an ax: chop wood.
- v. To shape or form by chopping: chop a hole in the ice.
- v. To cut into small pieces: chop onions; chop up meat.
- v. To curtail as if by chopping: chopped off his sentence midway; are going to chop expenses.
- v. Sports To hit or hit at with a short swift downward stroke.
- v. To make heavy, cutting strokes.
- v. Archaic To move roughly or suddenly.
- n. The act of chopping.
- n. A swift, short, cutting blow or stroke.
- n. Sports A short downward stroke.
- n. A piece that has been chopped off, especially a cut of meat, usually taken from the rib, shoulder, or loin and containing a bone.
- n. A short irregular motion of waves.
- n. An area of choppy water, as on an ocean.
- v. To change direction suddenly, as a ship in the wind.
- n. An official stamp or permit in the Far East.
- n. A mark stamped on goods or coins to indicate their identity or quality.
- n. Quality; class: first chop.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cut with a quick blow of a sharp instrument, as an ax; sever with a sudden stroke, or a succession of such strokes; cut in pieces by repeated strokes; fell; hew; hack; mince: as, to chop off a limb; to chop down a tree; to chop wood or straw; to chop meat.
- To snap up; gobble.
- To flog.
- To put in.
- To cause to cleave, split, crack, or open longitudinally, as the surface of the earth, or the skin and flesh of the hand or face: in this sense more commonly written chap. See chap, verb, I., 1.
- To use a cutting instrument, as a cleaver or an ax, with a heavy stroke: as, to spend the day in chopping.—
- To strike (at); catch (at); do something with a sudden, unexpected motion, like that of a blow.
- To cut in; come in suddenly in interruption.
- To utter words suddenly; interrupt by remarking: with in or out: as, he chopped in with a question. See phrases below.—
- To crack; open in long slits: in this sense more commonly written chap. See chap, verb, II., 1.
- n. A cutting or severing blow; a stroke, especially with some sharp instrument.
- n. A slice of mutton, lamb, or pork, usually cut from the loin, and containing the rib. Long chops are cut through loin and flank. Rolled chops are cut from the flank, without bone. See
- n. Figuratively, an extortion; a forced payment.
- n. In milling, the product of the first crushing or breaking of the wheat in making flour by the modern processes.— 5. A crack, cleft, or chink: in this sense more commonly written chap. See chap, n., 1.
- To barter; truck.—
- To exchange; substitute, as one thing for another; swap.
- To bargain; chaffer; higgle.
- To bandy words; dispute.
- To turn, vary, change, or shift suddenly: as, the wind chopped or chopped about.
- n. A turn of fortune; change; vicissitude. Also chap.
- n. A jaw: usually in the plural, the jaws; the entrance to a harbor. See chap.
- n. In India, China, etc.: An official mark on weights and measures to show their accuracy. A custom-house stamp or seal on goods that have been passed; a permit or clearance.
- n. In China, brand; quality: as, silk or tea of the first chop. Hence the colloquial phrase first chop, first rate.—
- n. A lot of tea to which a common mark or brand is affixed; a brand of tea. A chop may contain a few chests or a large number.
- In tennis, base-ball, and other games, to strike (the ball) with a short, sharp, glancing stroke.
- In cricket, to strike down hard, with a horizontal bat, a low ball on the off-side.
- To cut into short pieces, as straw or silage material; to chaff: sometimes with up.
- To dig, or dig out, by a downward stroke of the hoe, as opposed to a horizontal movement: often with out.
- n. Material which has been chopped or chaffed. See corn chop.
- n. In cricket, a stroke in which the bat, held horizontally, is brought, down hard upon a low ball on the off-side.
- n. An authenticated or authenticating writing or inscription.
- n. An official stamp or seal.
- n. Mark indicating nature, quality, or brand.
- v. obsolete To exchange, to barter; to swap.
- n. A cut of meat, often containing a section of a rib.
- n. A blow with an axe, cleaver, or similar utensil.
- n. martial arts A blow delivered with the hand rigid and outstretched.
- n. Ocean waves, generally caused by wind, distinguished from swell by being smaller and not lasting as long.
- n. poker A hand where two or more players have an equal-valued hand, resulting in the chips being shared equally between them.
- n. informal, with "the" Termination, especially from employment.
- v. transitive To cut into pieces with short, vigorous cutting motions.
- v. transitive To sever with an axe or similar implement.
- v. transitive, baseball To hit the ball downward so that it takes a high bounce.
- v. poker To divide the pot (or tournament prize) between two or more players.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cut by striking repeatedly with a sharp instrument; to cut into pieces; to mince; -- often with up.
- v. To sever or separate by one more blows of a sharp instrument; to divide; -- usually with
- v. obsolete To seize or devour greedily; -- with
- v. To make a quick strike, or repeated strokes, with an ax or other sharp instrument.
- v. To do something suddenly with an unexpected motion; to catch or attempt to seize.
- v. To interrupt; -- with
- v. To barter or truck.
- v. To exchange; substitute one thing for another.
- v. To purchase by way of truck.
- v. (Naut.) To vary or shift suddenly.
- v. To wrangle; to altercate; to bandy words.
- n. A change; a vicissitude.
- v. To crack. See chap, v. t. & i.
- n. The act of chopping; a stroke.
- n. A piece chopped off; a slice or small piece, especially of meat.
- n. A crack or cleft. See Chap.
- n. A jaw of an animal; -- commonly in the pl. See chops.
- n. A movable jaw or cheek, as of a wooden vise.
- n. The land at each side of the mouth of a river, harbor, or channel. See Chops.
- n. Quality; brand.
- n. A permit or clearance.
- v. form or shape by chopping
- v. strike sharply, as in some sports
- n. a jaw
- v. cut into pieces
- n. a small cut of meat including part of a rib
- n. a grounder that bounces high in the air
- v. move suddenly
- v. cut with a hacking tool
- n. a tennis return made with a downward motion that puts backspin on the ball
- v. hit sharply
- n. the irregular motion of waves (usually caused by wind blowing in a direction opposite to the tide)
- Hindi छाप (ćhāp, "stamp") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English choppen, probably variant of chappen, to split; see chap1.Obsolete, to exchange, from Middle English choppen, to barter, bargain, variant of chapen, from Old English cēapian, from cēap, bargain, trade; see cheap.Hindi chāp, seal. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“A t-- d for their chops, cried Friar John, next year we'll have 'em called chop-dung, chop-stront, chop-filth.”
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