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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Examples of chopstick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead of sticking to a strict watering schedule for houseplants, push your finger or a chopstick into the soil. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 10 Mar. 2021 Create a space with a firm tool like a chopstick for the seedling in the new pot and gently place the seedling in the space. oregonlive, 27 Feb. 2021 Use a knife or chopstick to lift the tiny plant up to look for roots, says Hancock. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 22 Dec. 2020 Wrap a just-damp paper towel around a chopstick to make a big swab, and gently wipe away extra flour. Judy Walker,, 25 Nov. 2020 For a final touch of whimsy, take a citrus zester and peel off strips of orange rind before wrapping them around a chopstick and placing them in the freezer; after 20 minutes, uncoil and drape them throughout the arrangement. Aimee Farrell, New York Times, 22 Oct. 2020 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,, 19 Aug. 2020 Using a chopstick or a similar tool, stir the contents of each jar, releasing any air bubbles. Cathy Barrow, Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2020 At this point, the kombu should be tender enough to pierce easily with a chopstick. Janelle Bitker,, 21 Aug. 2020

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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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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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