: jaw
: mouth
: the fleshy covering of the jaws
a dog licking its chops
: embouchure
broadly : the technical facility of a musical performer
: expertise in a particular field or activity
acting chops

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Storm Reid‘s acting chops have been apparent against co-stars like Oprah Winfrey and Zendaya over the years. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 20 Jan. 2023 All combined, these cast-iron skillet pork chops are a comforting blend of familiar flavors with a slight twist. Samantha Lande, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Jan. 2023 Make sure your chops are of the highest quality, chef Ori Menashe said, and don’t cook them past medium-rare. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 2 Aug. 2022 Lizzo can hang at the ’80s revival party because her chops are tremendous. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 20 July 2022 His sci-fi chops are not all that serve Morden well. Rebecca Coffey, Forbes, 5 July 2022 Her comic chops with characters like alien abductee Colleen Rafferty frequently drove castmates and guest hosts to lose it live on air. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 May 2022 Vegetable choppers are specialized tools that focus on creating uniform chops and dices of vegetables and fruits. Chicago Tribune, 8 Jan. 2023 The Eagle's Nest Get a 360-degree view of the downtown Indianapolis skyline while dining on steak, chops and chicken entrees at this revolving dinner-only restaurant at the top of Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


alteration of chap entry 3

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chops was in 1589

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Cite this Entry

“Chops.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chops. Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


noun plural
: the fleshy covering of the jaws

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