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chop

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verb \ˈchäp\

Definition of chop

chopped

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chopping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to cut into or sever usually by repeated blows of a sharp instrumentb :  to cut into pieces —often used with up <chop up an onion>c :  to weed and thin out (young cotton)d :  to cut as if by chopping <chop prices> <a bridge chops the lake in two>

  3. 2 :  to strike (as a ball) with a short quick downward stroke

  4. 3 :  to subject to the action of a chopper <chop a beam of light>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to make a quick stroke or repeated strokes with or as if with a sharp instrument (as an ax)

  7. 2 archaic :  to move or act suddenly or violently

Origin and Etymology of chop

Middle English chappen, choppen — more at chap


First Known Use: 14th century


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chop

noun

Definition of chop

  1. 1a :  a forceful usually slanting blow with or as if with an ax or cleaverb :  a sharp downward blow or stroke

  2. 2 :  a small cut of meat often including part of a rib — see lamb illustration

  3. 3 :  a mark made by or as if by chopping

  4. 4 :  material that has been chopped up

  5. 5a :  a short abrupt motion (as of a wave)b :  a stretch of choppy sea

  6. 6 :  chopper 6

  7. 7 chiefly British :  abrupt elimination or removal (as from a job) <it is the very top men who have got the chopDaily Mirror>

14th Century

First Known Use of chop

14th century


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chop

verb

Definition of chop

chopped

;

chopping

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to change direction

  3. 2 :  to veer with or as if with wind

chop logic

  1. :  to argue with sophistical reasoning and minute distinctions

Origin and Etymology of chop

Middle English chappen, choppen to barter


First Known Use: 1540


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chop

noun

Definition of chop

  1. 1a :  a seal or official stamp or its impressionb :  a license validated by a seal

  2. 2a :  a mark on goods or coins to indicate nature or qualityb :  a kind, brand, or lot of goods bearing the same chopc :  quality, grade <of the first chop>

Origin and Etymology of chop

Hindi chāp & Urdu chhāp stamp


First Known Use: 1614



CHOP Defined for Kids

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chop

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verb \ˈchäp\

Definition of chop for Students

chopped

chopping

  1. 1 :  to cut by striking especially over and over with something sharp <Chop down the tree with an ax.>

  2. 2 :  to cut into small pieces :  mince <chop onions>


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chop

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noun

Definition of chop for Students

  1. 1 :  a sharp downward blow or stroke (as with an ax)

  2. 2 :  a small cut of meat often including a part of a rib <a pork chop>



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