chopper

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

Definition of chopper

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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

chopper

verb
choppered; choppering; choppers

Definition of chopper (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms for chopper

Synonyms: Noun

copter, eggbeater, helicopter, helo, whirlybird

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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

Bahamian authorities found the chopper in the water near the Abaco Islands, not far from Grand Cay. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "The Investigation Into Billionaire Chris Cline's Helicopter Crash Is 'Just Beginning' — Finding the Cause Could Take Months," 9 July 2019 Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration and HPD are working to determine how the chopper went down. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston police helicopter makes hard landing at Hobby Airport, officers OK," 5 July 2019 After the recent New York helicopter crash, many are starting to question the safety of choppers. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "No longer fiction: Flying car startups aim to begin test flights as early as next year," 19 June 2019 The crystal blue sky over Orange County soon filled with a parade of choppers. Richard Winton, latimes.com, "This news chopper crew spotted O.J. Simpson’s white Bronco, and the chase was on," 17 June 2019 Magneto, neck taut, expertly splays his fingers and manipulates the chopper with two rigid, reaching hands. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Dark Phoenix Is Trash, But the Hand Work Is Pretty OK?," 6 June 2019 Tim Beckham was next, and his chopper to Jurickson Profar had double play written all over it. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Athletics back to .500 again after taking it on the chin against Mariners," 14 June 2019 As YouTube footage of the machine shows below, the Amazon unmanned aircraft does vertical takeoffs and landings, like a chopper, before shifting into airplane mode. Alain Sherter, CBS News, "Amazon shows off new delivery drone that flies like a helicopter and a plane," 5 June 2019 The most recent was just last month, when a chopper crash landed in the Hudson River near a busy Manhattan heliport. Washington Post, "Helicopter crashes on roof of NYC skyscraper, killing pilot," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Bolton was conspicuous in his absence when Trump and Pompeo choppered up to the demilitarized zone dividing the Koreas. Noah Bierman, latimes.com, "Trump’s impromptu approach to North Korea divides his administration," 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, "Troopers rescue hiker and dog from Crow Pass Trail," 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, "The RNC, Revisited," 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, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Trump's helicopter commutes yet to fly at Mar-a-Lago," 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, "Trump tours a hulking aircraft carrier to promote hike in military spending," 2 Mar. 2017 For $700 to $900 per person, Queensland’s Pterodactyl Helicopters will chopper you and a companion to three pubs and two breweries in this vast — 2½ times the size of Texas — state. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "CityBeat and 10 Barrel's relationship status: It's complicated," 27 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of chopper

Noun

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1955, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chopper was in 1552

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chopper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chopper

: someone or something that chops something
chiefly US, informal : a motorcycle that has a front wheel which is farther forward than the handlebars

chopper

noun
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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