chap

1 of 5

noun (1)

: a crack in or a sore roughening of the skin caused by exposure to wind or cold

chap

2 of 5

verb

chapped; chapping

intransitive verb

: to open in cracks, slits, or chinks
also : to become cracked, roughened, or reddened especially by the action of wind or cold
hands often chap in winter

transitive verb

: to cause to chap
wind-chapped lips
1
: the fleshy covering of a jaw
also : jaw
usually used in plural
a wolf's chaps
2
: the forepart of the face
usually used in plural

chap

4 of 5

noun (3)

1
chiefly British : fellow sense 4c
2
Southern US and Midland US : baby, child

chap

5 of 5

abbreviation

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English chappes, plural, from chappen

Verb

Middle English chappen; akin to Middle Dutch cappen to cut down

Noun (2)

origin unknown

Noun (3)

short for chapman

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (2)

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chap was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near chap

Cite this Entry

“Chap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chap. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

chap

1 of 3 noun
: a crack or a sore roughening of the skin from exposure especially to wind or cold

chap

2 of 3 verb
chapped; chapping
: to open in slits or cracks
also : to become cracked, roughened, or reddened
chapped lips

chap

3 of 3 noun
chiefly British

Medical Definition

chap

1 of 2 verb
chapped; chapping

intransitive verb

: to crack or open in slits
the hands and lips often chap in winter

transitive verb

: to cause to open in slits or cracks
chapped lips

chap

2 of 2 noun
: a crack in or a sore roughening of the skin caused by exposure to wind or cold

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