plural noun
\ 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

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Examples of chops in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Troy Regular menu of steaks, chops and seafood will be served. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 19 Dec. 2021 The Eagle's Nest Get a 360-degree view of the downtown Indianapolis skyline while dining on steak, chops and chicken entrees ($32-$52) at this revolving dinner-only restaurant at the top of Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Dec. 2021 Fallon, known for his comedic antics, musical chops and jovial demeanor, may be a good choice for Biden’s first foray in major late night shows as president — though this isn’t the president’s first time on the hot seat getting grilled by hosts. Mónica Marie Zorrilla, Variety, 9 Dec. 2021 Dornan has shown his comedic chops in movies like Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, and many fans know him for his killer TV role on The Fall. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 29 Oct. 2021 After a few bit parts, Aristotle gets to display his full comedic chops. Alexis Pereira, Vulture, 17 Oct. 2021 Both fans and non-fans alike were surprised at Kardashian’s comedic chops, so much so that the hashtag #KKWonSNL began trending on Twitter today. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 10 Oct. 2021 Stewart flexes considerable comedic chops in one of her most wide-ranging roles with Clea DeVall's LGBTQ holiday film. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2021 Easily the most anticipated film of all the Netflix Originals in June 2021, Fatherhood promises to showcase both Kevin Hart’s comedic and dramatic chops. Travis Bean, Forbes, 5 June 2021

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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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14 Jan 2022

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English Language Learners Definition of chops

: 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)


noun plural
\ 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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