chop·​per | \ ˈchä-pər How to pronounce chopper (audio) \

Definition of chopper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that chops
2 choppers plural, slang : teeth
3 : a device that interrupts an electric current or a beam of radiation (such as light) at short regular intervals
6 : a high-bouncing batted baseball
7 : a customized motorcycle specifically : one that has the front wheel forward of the handlebars


choppered; choppering; choppers

Definition of chopper (Entry 2 of 2)

Synonyms for chopper

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of chopper in a Sentence

Noun The sound of choppers filled the sky. army choppers evacuated refugees from the war zone
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The little chopper has a unique bird's-eye perspective of the debris field. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 30 Apr. 2022 What’s more, the chopper looks like something out of a James Bond flick. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 Apr. 2022 The nearly 3-minute video was taken as the chopper was patrolling the Rio Grande Valley Sector in Starr County, which sits on the U.S.-Mexico border. Bill Melugin, Fox News, 21 Mar. 2022 The crash Saturday came hours after another helicopter plummeted into the Atlantic Ocean not far from beachgoers in Miami Beach, injuring two people aboard the chopper. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2022 With runners on first and second, Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud hit a chopper to third base. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 9 Apr. 2022 The shortstop opened the 11th with a double to the corner in left and later got to third with two outs, when Grant hit a chopper to first and was called safe on a bang-bang play. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 30 Mar. 2022 Boston had a runner on first in the 11th when Hernández hit a chopper into the hole between short and third. Jimmy Golen,, 11 Oct. 2021 The lefty was efficient, getting a chopper from Anthony Rizzo for a force out at the plate, then got Giancarlo Stanton to ground out to first baseman Spencer Torkelson. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Trump walks to chopper, does not make comments: President Trump boarded Marine 1 on the south grounds of the White House Friday evening without stopping to talk to reporters. Chronicle Staff,, 16 Oct. 2020 Fort Bragg, North Carolina — Master Sergeant Matthew Williams and his team of green berets choppered into a remote Afghan valley in the spring of 2008. David Martin, CBS News, 30 Oct. 2019 Something similar is true too of every worker who has ever choppered or trudged or driven into infectious hot zones to fight Zika or SARS or MERS or any other emerging diseases. Time, 8 Feb. 2020 Bolton was conspicuous in his absence when Trump and Pompeo choppered up to the demilitarized zone dividing the Koreas. Noah Bierman,, 1 July 2019 Last June, a 21-year-old woman and an Alaska husky were choppered out from near the Eagle River after the woman became cold and suffered injuries while hiking. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, 18 June 2019 Trump climbed out, said a few words with Pence, and then retreated to his private helicopter, also bearing his name, and choppered off for the city proper. Longreads, 31 Oct. 2017 Despite concerns from some Palm Beachers about the noise that could come from Trump choppering onto the island, the Town Council agreed to make a presidential exception to allow a Mar-a-Lago landing spot. Andy Reid,, 26 July 2017 NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — President Donald Trump choppered onto a hulking, gleaming aircraft carrier here Thursday to rally momentum for his ambitious call for a major hike in military spending. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, 2 Mar. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of chopper


1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1955, in the meaning defined above

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22 May 2022

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“Chopper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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chop·​per | \ ˈchä-pər How to pronounce chopper (audio) \

Kids Definition of chopper

1 : someone or something that chops a food chopper

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