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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Synonyms: Noun

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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 Matt Olson, who had struck out twice against Ray, moved Laureano to third with a chopper up the middle. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "A's cannot hold late lead in loss to Blue Jays," 5 May 2021 Brady proved her future UCLA teammate right on a single play, bare-handing a high chopper to shortstop and gunning the runner out at first in a feat that is fresh in Wisz’s mind even years later. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Lakers fall to Washington Wizards," 29 Apr. 2021 Cedric Mullins opened the day with a chopper to third base against Gibson, with a replay review holding up an out call on a close play at first. Nathan Ruiz,, "Orioles lose to Rangers, 1-0, in 10 innings after John Means’ dominance, base-running misfortune," 18 Apr. 2021 This comes with both a chopper and a bowl in the set. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Salad Chopper," 3 Mar. 2021 And a little more in the fifth, when Sam Haggerty led off with an infield single, Tom Murphy followed with a chopper down the third-base line for a double and J.P. Crawford grounded one down the first-base line for another. Jimmy Golen,, "E-Rod, Martinez lead Red Sox past Mariners," 25 Apr. 2021 Laureano fouled off five pitches before hitting a chopper to Luis Arraez, who had moved from second to third. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "A's win streak reaches 11 with wild extra-innings win over Twins," 21 Apr. 2021 The 4-pound chopper, named Ingenuity, hovered longer and also flew side to side this time, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. NBC News, "NASA's Mars helicopter soars higher, longer on 2nd flight," 19 Apr. 2021 The Jaguars scored two more unearned runs in the fifth, when Willis fielded Wilson’s chopper to third and threw wildly to first. Creg Stephenson |, al, "South Alabama baseball takes 2 from Louisiana, finishes off 3-game sweep," 19 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Oct. 2-8," 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, "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

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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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10 May 2021

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“Chopper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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