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

Video that captured the incident showed the chopper landing in the water with its rotor blades still spinning. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "At least two dead after helicopter crash in New York City," 11 Mar. 2018 Scrape the mixture into a mini chopper or the beaker of an immersion blender and set aside to cool briefly. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Vinaigrettes and dressings to dress up meals," 1 June 2018 There are so few German army helicopters available for the troops that pilots have been forced to train in bright yellow civilian choppers leased from the German Automobile Club. Erik Kirschbaum,, "Broken fighter jets, grounded helicopters and idled tanks: Germany's military is ailing," 18 May 2018 This allowed the passengers to move in the chopper. Sarah Jorgensen, CNN, "NTSB releases preliminary report on New York City helicopter crash," 26 Mar. 2018 Kurz quickly got a strikeout before an infield chopper loaded the bases. Kirk Kenney,, "Charmed UC San Diego rallies for 9-8 win over Cal Baptist in NCAA Division II West Regional," 19 May 2018 The station reported that the chopper was on a routine maintenance flight for the main rotor. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Helicopter crashes at Washington state airport, 2 injured," 25 May 2018 Britton spiked a sinker for a wild pitch that put Andújar on second, then saw the rookie go to third on a chopper up the middle that Jonathan Schoop turned into an out at first. Jon Meoli,, "As Zach Britton's trade value for Orioles improves, Brad Brach's spirals further," 10 July 2018 Toronto pushed the lead to 6-3 in the eighth when Diaz reached on a three-base error by Angels reliever Deck McGuire, who threw wildly past first base on a chopper to the mound, and scored on Luke Maile’s sacrifice fly. Mike Digiovanna,, "Angels fight back but fall to Blue Jays in extras," 24 June 2018

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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The first known use of chopper was in 1552

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English Language Learners Definition of chopper

: someone or something that chops something

: 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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by force of circumstances

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