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

copter, eggbeater, helicopter, helo, 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

The Jackrabbits' first two batters — Brown and Murphy — got on, and Murphy scored on Mauai's high chopper to third baseman William Ho to give Poly the lead. David Carrillo Peñaloza,, "Sage Hill baseball loses to Long Beach Poly on squeeze play," 17 May 2018 The initial deal covers four helicopters, but the Air Force ultimately wants to buy 84 of the choppers by 2031. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Boeing Wins Air Force Chopper Deal," 24 Sep. 2018 Leadoff man Ian Tracy’s high chopper over the third baseman was the winning hit. Rick O'brien,, "West Chester Henderson rallies late to earn first PIAA District 1 baseball title," 29 May 2018 High choppers probably mean an infield basehit for both. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park, La Porte set for big baseball game at Kethan Field," 22 Mar. 2018 One, when Marte tossed a chopper to starting pitcher Andrew Heaney covering first base, was challenged, and Bellinger lost by the slimmest of margins. Ethan Bauer,, "Five things we learned from the Angels' series-clinching 4-3 win over the Dodgers," 9 July 2018 Bristow, the world’s largest commercial-chopper operator by sales, has been among the hardest hit by the broader oil-and-gas downturn and the loss of Super Puma business. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Choppers Try to Rotate From Oil Industry to the Military," 1 Dec. 2018 When the Air Force opened a competition for a Huey replacement, Sikorsky offered the HH-60U helicopter, already in use by the U.S. Air Force as a search-and-rescue chopper. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Will Replace Its Long-Serving UH-60 Huey Helicopters With a European Import," 25 Sep. 2018 Jason Heyward followed with a high chopper that third baseman Suarez charged and fielded, but his throw pulled Votto off the bag. John Fay,, "Jesse Winker's first grand slam lifts Cincinnati Reds over Chicago Cubs 6-2," 21 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,, "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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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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