chop·​pi·​ness | \ ˈchä-pē-nəs How to pronounce choppiness (audio) \

Definition of choppiness

: the quality or state of being choppy

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Recent Examples on the Web And critics expressed concerns about Moderna’s high cash-burn rate and lofty valuation amid recent choppiness in the broader stock market. Jonathan D. Rockoff, WSJ, "Moderna IPO Raises Over $600 Million in Rocky Market," 6 Dec. 2018 Moreover, the choppiness of the storytelling gives short shrift to the bombing and Sergio’s tense interaction with L. Paul Bremer III (Bradley Whitford), President George W. Bush’s representative in Iraq. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "‘Sergio’ Review: A Man of the World," 17 Apr. 2020 Later, Montague tried to build software that could simulate a sail’s real-world behavior—accounting for the weight of its mylar, the motion of its boom, the choppiness of the waves. James Somers, The New Yorker, "How Hackers Won the Water," 13 Sep. 2019 To be fair, crypto markets have long been defined by choppiness. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Bitcoin Is in the Dumps, Spreading Gloom Over Crypto World," 19 Mar. 2019 Meanwhile, investors braced for more choppiness ahead and piled into ultrasafe government bonds. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "‘Uh-Oh, Here We Go Again’: This Week’s Trade Standoff Wipes $2 Trillion Off Global Stocks," 10 May 2019 The pullback reflects the fact that for all the choppiness in asset markets this year, expectations for earnings growth are still solid. Mike Bird, WSJ, "The Great Cheapening of 2018: Global Stock Valuations Now at Five-Year Lows," 12 Dec. 2018 Photo: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News Analysts had attributed some of that choppiness to market-specific concerns, such as fears of an oil glut and worries about sliding technology shares. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Stocks, Oil Rise as Trade Tensions Ease, but Bonds Signal Anxiety," 3 Dec. 2018 Friday’s declines, led by technology and other companies closely linked to the Chinese and global economy, signaled the weekslong choppiness in markets around the globe isn’t over, despite a slight reprieve earlier in the week. Corrie Driebusch And Riva Gold, WSJ, "Sharp Decline Puts Dow in Correction Territory," 14 Dec. 2018

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1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Choppiness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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