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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having many small waves; rough: choppy seas.
  • adj. Abruptly shifting; variable. Used of the wind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having many small, rough waves
  • adj. Discontinuous, intermittent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of cracks.
  • adj. Rough, with short, tumultuous waves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of clefts or cracks; chapped; wrinkled.
  • Same as chopping.
  • Uncertain as to direction; subject to frequent and sudden change; unsteady: as, a choppy wind.
  • Irregular; unstable; fluctuating as to prices or rates: as, choppy markets.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by abrupt transitions
  • adj. rough with small waves

Etymologies

From chop1.
From chop2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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