chop·​stick | \ ˈchäp-ˌstik How to pronounce chopstick (audio) \

Definition of chopstick

: one of a pair of slender sticks held between thumb and fingers and used chiefly in Asian countries to lift food to the mouth

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Recent Examples on the Web Using a nonmetallic utensil like a chopstick, stick it in the jar and move in a circle around the edges to remove air bubbles. Leena Trivedi-grenier,, "Capture the best of California's peaches in preserves, with a dose of revolution," 19 Aug. 2020 Using a chopstick or a similar tool, stir the contents of each jar, releasing any air bubbles. Cathy Barrow, Washington Post, "How to preserve summer tomatoes so you can enjoy them all year long," 26 Aug. 2020 At this point, the kombu should be tender enough to pierce easily with a chopstick. Janelle Bitker,, "Find vegetable-centric recipes in former Bar Tartine chef’s new cookbook," 21 Aug. 2020 Lines would form early outside the store before lunch time, and so many people would cram inside the tiny shop, cheek to chopstick, munching on pork ribs. Anthony Tan, Fortune, "Grab CEO Anthony Tan: What Southeast Asia is teaching us about a post-pandemic world," 13 Aug. 2020 For heavy pots, stick a chopstick in a few inches; if damp particles of soil cling, hold off on watering. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "The Beginner’s Guide to Becoming a Plant Person," 11 Aug. 2020 The chopstick predates the fork by about 4,500 years. Amy Azzarito, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Surprising Facts About Everyday Household Objects," 3 Apr. 2020 Dump into pan, add a plop of sweetened tahini, swirl around with a chopstick, and the fudgy, dense, nutty brownies were done in 26 minutes. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "You Might Have Everything in Your Pantry to Make Tahini Brownies This Weekend," 14 Mar. 2020 It was given with the expectation that everyone could always have room to spread out rather than what life actually requires: two strangers board an airplane, then silently negotiate an armrest the width of three chopsticks. Washington Post, "I walked ‘like a man’ for a week, and here’s what I realized.," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of chopstick

1699, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chopstick

Chinese Pidgin English chop fast + English stick

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The first known use of chopstick was in 1699

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24 Sep 2020

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“Chopstick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chopstick

: either one of a pair of thin sticks that are used especially by people in Asia to pick up and eat food


chop·​stick | \ ˈchäp-ˌstik How to pronounce chopstick (audio) \

Kids Definition of chopstick

: one of two thin sticks used chiefly in Asian countries to pick up and eat food

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