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chop

verb \ ˈchäp \

Definition of chop

chopped; chopping
transitive verb
1 a :to cut into or sever usually by repeated blows of a sharp instrument
b :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
2 :to strike (something, such as a ball) with a short quick downward stroke
3 :to subject to the action of a chopper
  • chop a beam of light
intransitive verb
1 :to make a quick stroke or repeated strokes with or as if with a sharp instrument (such as an ax)
2 archaic :to move or act suddenly or violently

Origin and Etymology of chop

Middle English chappen, choppen — more at chap


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chop

noun

Definition of chop

1 a :a forceful usually slanting blow with or as if with an ax or cleaver
b :a sharp downward blow or stroke
2 :a small cut of meat often including part of a rib — see lamb illustration
3 :a mark made by or as if by chopping
4 :material that has been chopped up
5 a :a short abrupt motion (as of a wave)
b :a stretch of choppy sea
6 :chopper 6
7 chiefly British :abrupt elimination or removal (as from a job)
  • it is the very top men who have got the chop
  • Daily Mirror

First Known Use of chop

14th century


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chop

verb

Definition of chop

chopped; chopping
1 :to change direction
2 :to veer with or as if with wind
chop logic
intransitive verb
:to argue with sophistical reasoning and minute distinctions

Origin and Etymology of chop

Middle English chappen, choppen to barter


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chop

noun

Definition of chop

1 a :a seal or official stamp or its impression
b :a license validated by a seal
2 a :a mark on goods or coins to indicate nature or quality
b :a kind, brand, or lot of goods bearing the same chop
c :quality, grade
  • of the first chop

Origin and Etymology of chop

Hindi chāp & Urdu chhāp stamp



CHOP Defined for Kids

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chop

verb \ ˈchäp \

Definition of chop for Students

chopped; chopping
1 :to cut by striking especially over and over with something sharp
  • Chop down the tree with an ax.
2 :to cut into small pieces :mince
  • chop onions

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chop

noun

Definition of chop for Students

1 :a sharp downward blow or stroke (as with an ax)
2 :a small cut of meat often including a part of a rib
  • a pork chop


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