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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Melania Trump is still wearing Dolce & Gabbana despite their current 'Chinese chopsticks' ad controversy. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Melania Trump Wore Dolce & Gabbana After Their 'Racist' Chinese Ad Controversy," 27 Nov. 2018 Use dry, heat-proof tongs or wooden chopsticks to transfer dredged chicken pieces to hot oil, taking care not to splash and making sure pot is not overcrowded. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "The Greatest New Year’s Menus on the Planet (at Least We Think So)," 26 Dec. 2018 The crisp white table was set with alternating white, red, and black fans paired with cherry red chopsticks and quickly filled with Chinese fare like shumai and a seemingly endless supply of noodles. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, "Yali Hosted a Chinese New Year Dinner and All the Guests Wore Robes," 6 Feb. 2019 Dolce & Gabbana canceled a fashion show in China last year after social-media accounts said a publicity campaign, featuring a Chinese woman attempting to eat pizza with chopsticks, was racist. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "Gucci Owner Admits to a Blind Spot on Blackface," 12 Feb. 2019 One boy, Sid Shankar, 8, took one chopstick and slowly swept all the marbles from one plate to another, truly hacking the challenge. Jason Nark,, "Science festival comes to an end, posing lots of questions with Parkway party," 28 Apr. 2018 The boy was rushing to collect some chopsticks from his parents, who own the spicy hot pot outlet, local media reported. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "A pregnant woman tripped a 4-year-old boy on purpose. The Internet went crazy.," 23 Apr. 2018 Today those plans collapsed into chaos as the company felt compelled to cancel the event after a controversy kindled by chopsticks escalated into a social media firestorm. Vogue, "Dolce & Gabbana Cancels Its Shanghai Great Show Amid Controversy," 21 Nov. 2018 Lime green chopsticks litter the black-tiled floor. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018

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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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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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