chopper

noun
chop·​per | \ ˈchä-pər How to pronounce chopper (audio) \

Definition of chopper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

chopper

verb
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

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The most recent was just last month, when a chopper crash landed in the Hudson River near a busy Manhattan heliport. Washington Post, "Helicopter crashes on roof of NYC skyscraper, killing pilot," 11 June 2019 The most recent was just last month, when a chopper crash landed in the Hudson River near a busy Manhattan heliport. Jim Mustian, Anchorage Daily News, "Helicopter crashes on roof of NYC skyscraper; pilot killed," 10 June 2019 Vegetable chopper/dicer/shredder/peeler soiled with old food debris. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Two-hundred rodent poops. Roaches in a microwave. Why these restaurants failed inspection," 4 June 2019 One student, a Vietnam vet—chopper gunner—became a nurse and now works in White Plains. David Means, Harper's magazine, "A writer alone with the work," 10 Apr. 2019 Every Blackout match hides a few military-grade choppers around the map, which conveniently seat up to four soldiers (one pilot, three passengers). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Call of Duty battle royale beta: Surprisingly tame, surprisingly solid," 12 Sep. 2018 The fender of a Corvette with a CHOPSHOP license plate butts out of a wall near the entry, and a Harley chopper stands in the center of the room. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Talking shop — Roanoke ChopShop Live, that is — with Randy Rogers," 11 July 2018 Robertson dribbled it up the third-base line, a chopper hit so weak Bregman's only choice was to attempt a barehand. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Rare rough showing from Astros results in loss to Rays," 29 June 2018 Interesting Man-type wearing these while stepping off a private chopper onto the helipad of his 200-foot yacht in St. Tropez. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "The Best Swim Trunks Will Double As Your Favorite Shorts All Summer Long," 1 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, Sun-Sentinel.com, "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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "CityBeat and 10 Barrel's relationship status: It's complicated," 27 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of chopper

Noun

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1955, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chopper was in 1552

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chopper

noun

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

chopper

noun
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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