chopstick

noun

chop·​stick ˈchäp-ˌstik How to pronounce chopstick (audio)
: one of a pair of slender sticks held between thumb and fingers and used chiefly in Asian countries to lift food to the mouth

Illustration of chopstick

Illustration of chopstick

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Using a chopstick or the handle of a spoon, poke a few holes in your pyramid of rice and drizzle with the remaining saffron water and a sprinkle of salt. Felicia Campbell, The Arizona Republic, 17 Nov. 2022 On top of the cutting board, position one chopstick on each side of the loaf of bread, with the sticks running parallel to the bread. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Aug. 2022 Both chopstick professionals and novices will enjoy using these utensils. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 29 July 2022 Scientists working with food and pharmaceutical company Kirin developed an electrical chopstick accessory that makes food taste 50 percent saltier—without adding salt. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 21 June 2022 And be sure not to use a super skinny poking tool, such as a chopstick: The best soak distribution is achieved with wider holes. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Her gold vermeil chopstick earrings are a standout. Jennifer Chan, PEOPLE.com, 8 May 2022 Kirin's announcement also didn't note if the researchers examined how the chopstick device affected research subjects' perception of the saltiness of food with no sodium. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 19 Apr. 2022 Pull the soil back with a small trowel, your hands, or a chopstick or pencil (for tiny seedlings) and tuck the plant in by gently pushing the earth back in place around the roots. Emily Murphy, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Chinese Pidgin English chop fast + English stick

First Known Use

1699, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chopstick was in 1699

Dictionary Entries Near chopstick

Cite this Entry

“Chopstick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chopstick. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

chopstick

noun

chop·​stick ˈchäp-ˌstik How to pronounce chopstick (audio)
: one of a pair of slender sticks used chiefly in Asian countries to lift food to the mouth

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