\ 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 Regardless, the iconic half rubber, half full-grain-leather design has the chops to see you through rain puddles or gnarlier turf. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Rubber Boots for Stomping Through Mud and Puddles," 6 Jan. 2021 Neither has Brown’s chops as a playmaker who can collapse a defense and create open looks for teammates on a consistent basis. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Elite freshmen in Greg Brown, Cade Cunningham meet as Texas faces Oklahoma State," 19 Dec. 2020 Tanden’s experience leading CAP, which publishes policy recommendations for many domestic and foreign issues, has given her the policy chops needed to lead OMB, Ettlinger said. Author: Yeganeh Torbati, Beth Reinhard, Anchorage Daily News, "Neera Tanden, Biden’s pick for budget chief, runs a think tank backed by corporate and foreign interests," 6 Dec. 2020 Few leaders are ever going to personally have the creative chops of great innovators like Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, or Elon Musk. John Mackey, National Review, "How to Foster Innovation and Create Value," 2 Dec. 2020 Meal includes family-style appetizers and individual entrees (surf and turf of lamb chops and lobster tail), dessert station. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Ring in 2021 with a bang & a bite," 23 Dec. 2020 Weaver’s pass rush repertoire is well stocked with options to defeat offensive tackles, including chops, arm overs, snatches, spin moves and two-hand swipes. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 potential edge defender targets for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2021 NFL draft," 23 Dec. 2020 Starters include poached shrimp, mini Spanish tortilla bites and little lobster sandwiches, while the entree runs between salad, wild mushroom paella and lamb chops with salsa verde. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "48 Bay Area restaurants serving special New Year’s Eve feasts for takeout," 22 Dec. 2020 Those chops are still apparent, despite his next move to the more casual Warbucks, a BRG restaurant that opened in December 2018. Beth D'addono, NOLA.com, "Going Global: Worldly flavors at The Chloe," 21 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of chops was in 1589

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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Chops.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chops. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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)


noun plural
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Kids Definition of chops

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

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