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adjective (1)

chop·​py ˈchä-pē How to pronounce choppy (audio)
choppier; choppiest
: being roughened : chapped
: rough with small waves
: interrupted by ups and downs
choppy terrain
a choppy career
: jerky
short choppy strides
: disconnected
choppy writing
choppily adverb


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adjective (2)

choppier; choppiest
: changeable, variable
a choppy wind

Examples of choppy in a Sentence

Adjective (1) a sharp, choppy wind coming off the lake the old cable car provides a picturesque but choppy ride to the mountain's peak the plot was intriguing, but the author's style was so choppy that I finally gave up in frustration
Recent Examples on the Web
Their floating devices hit the branch, causing all three of them to fall into the choppy water, Webster told The Times. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 17 July 2024 For her hair, the singer slicked her cropped dark tresses into a small bun, leaving a few pieces of choppy fringe exposed along her hairline. Elizabeth Grace Coyne, WWD, 28 June 2024 This involved complex, multi-layered FX simulations to try and capture the natural movement and texture of the choppy waters in the Channel. Bill Desowitz, IndieWire, 2 July 2024 Strong winds from the south are forecasted to bring high waves to Lake Michigan, after choppy water affected a rescue effort Wednesday. Kathryn Muchnick, Journal Sentinel, 28 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for choppy 

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Word History


Adjective (1)

chop entry 2

Adjective (2)

chop entry 3

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (2)

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of choppy was in 1605

Dictionary Entries Near choppy

Cite this Entry

“Choppy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
chop·​py ˈchäp-ē How to pronounce choppy (audio)
choppier; choppiest
: changeable sense 1, variable
choppy wind


2 of 2 adjective
choppier; choppiest
: rough with small waves
the lake was choppy
: marked by sudden stops and starts : not connected smoothly
short choppy sentences
choppiness noun

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