adjective (1)
chop·​py | \ ˈchä-pē How to pronounce choppy (audio) \
choppier; choppiest

Definition of choppy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being roughened : chapped
2 : rough with small waves
3a : interrupted by ups and downs choppy terrain a choppy career
b : jerky short choppy strides
c : disconnected choppy writing


adjective (2)
choppier; choppiest

Definition of choppy (Entry 2 of 2)

: changeable, variable a choppy wind

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Adjective (1)

choppily \ ˈchä-​pə-​lē How to pronounce choppy (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of choppy

Adjective (1)

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (2)

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for choppy

Adjective (1)

chop entry 2

Adjective (2)

chop entry 3

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“Choppy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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chop·​py | \ ˈchä-pē How to pronounce choppy (audio) \
choppier; choppiest

Kids Definition of choppy

1 : rough with small waves choppy water
2 : marked by sudden stops and starts : not smooth He spoke in quick, choppy sentences.

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