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 for chopper

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 The chopper will be used to replace line atop transmission towers with a more advanced fiber optic communication wire, according to a news release. Jesse Leavenworth,, 7 Sep. 2021 When Rana tried to reach the epicenter of the earthquake in Nepal, the chopper assigned to press was lost. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 2 Sep. 2021 Players and coaches glanced up, as the chopper dumped flame retardant on a small brushfire about a mile away. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 30 July 2021 Because of the distance, communications from the helicopter and Perseverance to Earth occur through orbiting satellites and NASA's Deep Space Network, so the four-pound chopper's flight could not be observed in real-time. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Apr. 2021 One of the chopper’s former pilots donated a Snoopy doll. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Mar. 2021 HaberTurk television said the chopper is believed to have crashed in adverse weather conditions, including snow and fog. Suzan Fraser, Star Tribune, 4 Mar. 2021 Yanagita hit a chopper to second, driving in a run on the groundout., 31 July 2021 Angels reliever Aaron Slegers walked Jed Lowrie and shortstop David Fletcher threw wide to third base on Matt Chapman’s chopper, allowing Olson to score. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 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,, 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 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, 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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The first known use of chopper was in 1552

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19 Sep 2021

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“Chopper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce chopper (audio) \

Kids Definition of chopper

1 : someone or something that chops a food chopper

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