choppy

adjective (1)
chop·​py | \ˈchä-pē \
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

choppy

adjective (2)
choppier; choppiest

Definition of choppy (Entry 2 of 2)

: changeable, variable a choppy wind

Other Words from choppy

Adjective (1)

choppily \ˈchä-​pə-​lē \ 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

adjective
chop·​py | \ˈchä-pē \
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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