chop·​per | \ ˈchä-pər \

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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Synonyms for chopper

Synonyms: Noun

copter, eggbeater, helicopter, helo, whirlybird

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Examples of chopper in a Sentence


The sound of choppers filled the sky. army choppers evacuated refugees from the war zone

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One, when Marte tossed a chopper to starting pitcher Andrew Heaney covering first base, was challenged, and Bellinger lost by the slimmest of margins. Ethan Bauer,, "Five things we learned from the Angels' series-clinching 4-3 win over the Dodgers," 9 July 2018 Bristow, the world’s largest commercial-chopper operator by sales, has been among the hardest hit by the broader oil-and-gas downturn and the loss of Super Puma business. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Choppers Try to Rotate From Oil Industry to the Military," 1 Dec. 2018 When the Air Force opened a competition for a Huey replacement, Sikorsky offered the HH-60U helicopter, already in use by the U.S. Air Force as a search-and-rescue chopper. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Will Replace Its Long-Serving UH-60 Huey Helicopters With a European Import," 25 Sep. 2018 Jason Heyward followed with a high chopper that third baseman Suarez charged and fielded, but his throw pulled Votto off the bag. John Fay,, "Jesse Winker's first grand slam lifts Cincinnati Reds over Chicago Cubs 6-2," 21 June 2018 In batches, process in a small chopper/grinder machine with portions of the olive oil and vinegar, until sauce is smooth. Eric Velasco,, "The best kitchen tools and how to use them," 27 Apr. 2018 Another possibility is a scout chopper based on the Bell V-280 Valor. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army Wants a New Armed Scout Helicopter," 6 Sep. 2018 Plus, there's convenient access to a helipad right next door, where Monacair can shuttle you to Nice airport for a speedy getaway on a seven-minute flight for just $4,647 one-way on their chopper. Massimo Marioni, CNN, "Monaco Grand Prix weekend: How the rich and famous spend it," 30 May 2018 The news chopper guys call it in, and pretty soon the cops come for these geniuses. Don't be these guys. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Morons Shine Laser at News Helicopter, Get Exactly What's Coming to Them," 10 Nov. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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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 \

Kids Definition of chopper

1 : someone or something that chops a food chopper

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