chops

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plural noun \ˈchäps\

Definition of chops

  1. 1 :  jaw

  2. 2a :  mouthb :  the fleshy covering of the jaws a dog licking its chops

  3. 3 :  embouchure; broadly :  the technical facility of a musical performer

  4. 4 :  expertise in a particular field or activity acting chops

Examples of chops in a sentence

  1. that pianist really doesn't yet have the musical chops to do that piece justice

  2. the toddler popped a candy into his chops and grinned stickily

Origin and Etymology of chops

alteration of 3chap


First Known Use: 1589



CHOPS Defined for English Language Learners

chops

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plural noun \ˈchäps\

Definition of chops for English Language Learners

  • : the part of an animal's face that covers the jaws

  • : a person's jaw

  • : skill or excellence in a particular field or activity (such as acting or playing music)


CHOPS Defined for Kids

chops

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noun plural \ˈchäps\

Definition of chops for Students

  1. :  the fleshy covering of the jaws The fox was licking his chops.



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