chop·​stick | \ˈchäp-ˌstik \

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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This backlash that prompted the apology spurred from a series of Instagram ads released this week in which a female Chinese model attempts to eat various Italian dishes with chopsticks. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Dolce & Gabbana founders apologize for stereotype-filled Chinese marketing campaign," 23 Nov. 2018 In the clips, an Asian woman struggles to eat Italian foods like pasta, pizza, and cannoli with chopsticks. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Dolce & Gabbana's 'Chinese Chopsticks' Ad Accused of Racism," 20 Nov. 2018 When Andy Rooney, a longtime regular, ordered his usual martini one night, Barry delivered an enormous glass from Think Big! in Soho, with water inside and a chopstick piercing an onion. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013 Make sure to put a chopstick or toothpick inside the bowl—if not, the water can superheat and make the bowl explode! Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "18 Places You Should Be Cleaning with Vinegar in Your Kitchen," 18 Jan. 2018 Add onion and beef and cook, stirring often using tongs or chopsticks to separate beef pieces, until onions are slightly soft and beef is browned but still rare in the middle, about 5 minutes. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Comfort Food That Brings the Whole Table Together," 9 May 2018 For each meal, her mother set out a pair of chopsticks and also cutlery. Weike Wang, The New Yorker, "Omakase," 6 June 2018 The way people are interpreting the #ChunLiChallenge with signifiers like double buns and chopsticks as hair accessories is yet another instance of people co-opting another culture with impunity. David Yi, Teen Vogue, "The Chun Li Challenge is the Latest Example of Pop Culture Stereotyping Asian Culture," 27 Apr. 2018 While half were told to eat the normal way, the rest used chopsticks. Robert W. Smith, Washington Post, "When searching for happiness, try eating popcorn with chopsticks," 7 July 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 \

Kids Definition of chopstick

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

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