\ ˈchäps How to pronounce chops (audio) \

Definition of chops

1 : jaw
2a : mouth
b : the fleshy covering of the jaws a dog licking its chops
3 : embouchure broadly : the technical facility of a musical performer
4 : expertise in a particular field or activity acting chops

First Known Use of chops

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chops

alteration of chap entry 3

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The first known use of chops was in 1589

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chops

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English Language Learners Definition of chops

: the part of an animal's face that covers the jaws
informal : a person's jaw
chiefly US, informal : skill or excellence in a particular field or activity (such as acting or playing music)
\ ˈchäps How to pronounce chops (audio) \

Kids Definition of chops

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

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