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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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 Overheard Pity for parents; delight over chopsticks. Kara Baskin,, "Quick Bite: Dakzen near Davis Square for Bangkok-style street food," 5 July 2018 All foods here are served on silver metal trays and the utensils are reusable chopsticks. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Our children's plastic lives seen through lunches," 7 June 2018 Turn the heat under the skillet down to medium, and working quickly, dunk a fiddlehead in the batter using chopsticks or small tongs and drop it into the hot oil. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Fiddlehead Tempura With Sriracha Creme Fraiche," 18 May 2018 Using chopsticks, lightly beat eggs to incorporate. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Comfort Food That Brings the Whole Table Together," 9 May 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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