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chop·​per ˈchä-pər How to pronounce chopper (audio)
: one that chops
choppers plural, slang : teeth
: a device that interrupts an electric current or a beam of radiation (such as light) at short regular intervals
: a high-bouncing batted baseball
: a customized motorcycle
specifically : one that has the front wheel forward of the handlebars


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choppered; choppering; choppers

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
This is the prime time to try out a 42-percent-off vegetable chopper, a customer favorite at Amazon for its speed and convenience. Grace Smith, Southern Living, 1 Sep. 2023 Electric choppers use an engine to spin the blades. Good Housekeeping, 31 Aug. 2023 Advanced Tactics and Rotor X have teamed up to design a two-seater chopper that caters specifically to rookie aviators. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 28 Aug. 2023 Freeman snagged George Springer’s chopper down the line and made a jump throw from foul territory to force Guerrero at second. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 26 Aug. 2023 On a busy day — when the weather conditions are ideal for flying — Fischer says the two choppers can carry up to 96 people. Dan Fellner, The Arizona Republic, 31 Aug. 2023 The chopper went down on U.S. 1 about 8:45 a.m. near Atlantic Boulevard, the sheriff’s office said. David Goodhue Miami Herald (tns), al, 28 Aug. 2023 The Rangers scored their final three runs of the night on a fielding error, Jankowski’s chopper and a sac fly. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 8 Aug. 2023 Three men who were part of a group battling a small blaze in Riverside County on Sunday were killed when their helicopter struck another chopper around 7:05 p.m., according to authorities. Noah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2023
In a move befitting a goddamn movie star, Pugh will chopper fly in to Venice just in time to gag everyone on the red carpet. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 4 Sep. 2022 Trump walks to chopper, does not make comments: President Trump boarded Marine 1 on the south grounds of the White House Friday evening without stopping to talk to reporters. Chronicle Staff,, 16 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 8 Feb. 2020 Bolton was conspicuous in his absence when Trump and Pompeo choppered up to the demilitarized zone dividing the Koreas. Noah Bierman,, 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, 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, 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,, 26 July 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chopper was in 1552

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Cite this Entry

“Chopper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: one that chops

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