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, helicopter, 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

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 Sophomore shortstop Ethan Kavanagh hit a leadoff single and moved to second base with two outs on an infield chopper by junior catcher Bryce Ziegler. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Eighth-ranked St. X beats Highlands, 10-6 for its eighth state title," 16 June 2018 But an August 2009 collision over the Hudson River between a Liberty chopper and a small private plane killed nine people, including a group of Italian tourists., "Pilot in NY Chopper Crash Called ‘Mayday,’ Cited Engine Failure," 12 Mar. 2018 But Homeland Security wouldn’t approve the landing of a chopper. Cassie Owens,, "Not your parents' prom: Inside Philly's elaborate send-off culture," 8 June 2018 Renato Nunez took in a Victor Martinez chopper to third and fired to second in an effort to turn two. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Butterflies accompany Lincecum to Rock Round. Here's why that's a good thing | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 7 May 2018 The crew behind this video, Teton Gravity Research, eschewed the easier drone fare for some in-person helicopter photography, courtesy of a GSS C520 camera mounted to the chopper. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "This is Mount Everest at 20,000 Feet in Stunning UltraHD," 3 Mar. 2015 Now commanders on the ground get video feeds from drones and the choppers. New York Times, "The Last 9/11 Fire Chief Bows Out," 10 July 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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