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


choppered; choppering; choppers

Definition of chopper (Entry 2 of 2)

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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 At one point, coach Ron Wotus hit him high choppers on an otherwise empty field so the staff could determine his mobility. John Shea,, "Memorable moments: Giants’ Pablo Sandoval hits 3 HR in World Series game," 27 Dec. 2019 The only hit on Aug. 31 came when Andy LaRoche sent a chopper back to the mound that Sabathia tried to barehand and dropped in the fifth. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Juan Nieves records the Brewers' only no-hitter," 28 Apr. 2020 The chopper went down in Calabasas, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Dallas News, "Michael Irvin on the coaching quality he wished Mike McCarthy had, Jimmy Johnson’s Pro Football Hall of Fame nod and more," 28 Jan. 2020 The chopper went down in Calabasas, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Stephanie Dazio, Anchorage Daily News, "Kobe Bryant, daughter perish in helicopter crash, 7 others dead," 27 Jan. 2020 The chopper went down in Calabasas, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Victims ID’d in Kobe Bryant crash | Foggy weather may have been a factor," 27 Jan. 2020 The passengers were on their way to a basketball game when the chopper went down. CBS News, "All 9 victims in the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash have been identified," 27 Jan. 2020 The chopper went down in Calabasas, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Stefanie Dazio,, "Helicopter crash kills Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, eight others," 26 Jan. 2020 The US Army is on the hunt for a new light attack and scout helicopter, and Sikorsky thinks its funky, fast, and nimble S-97 Raider is the chopper for the job. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week," 14 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Green Beret awarded Medal of Honor for saving lives in Afghanistan," 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, "The Coronavirus Outbreak Should Bring Out the Best in Humanity," 8 Feb. 2020 Bolton was conspicuous in his absence when Trump and Pompeo choppered up to the demilitarized zone dividing the Koreas. Noah Bierman,, "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,, "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,, "CityBeat and 10 Barrel's relationship status: It's complicated," 27 Apr. 2017

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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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“Chopper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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


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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