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 Don’t stick chopsticks vertically into a bowl of rice. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "Why your next vacation should be in Japan," 15 Jan. 2020 Later, the family gathers to witness the cremation and often picks up the remaining bone fragments, using long chopsticks to place them in an urn. Maggie Jones, New York Times, "The Movement to Bring Death Closer," 19 Dec. 2019 The chopsticks will keep the knife from slicing all the way through, so that the potato remains intact. Washington Post, "Who doesn’t like crispy-edged potatoes? Bring on the Hasselback!," 21 Nov. 2019 Her face contorts in pain as the chopstick continues its descent. Nina Li Coomes, The Atlantic, "The Uneven Historical Horror of The Terror: Infamy," 2 Sep. 2019 Last year, Dolce & Gabbana postponed a runway show in Shanghai after a series of videos featuring a Chinese model awkwardly attempting to eat cannoli, pizza and other Italian foods with chopsticks caused outrage. Benjamin Robertson,, "Furor builds over UBS official’s ‘insensitive’ remark about China," 13 June 2019 Some tips for novices: Eat the soup with chopsticks in one hand, a spoon in the other. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Cold-weather comforts: 5 restaurants that are easy to warm up to," 11 Dec. 2019 People on Twitter said the ad mocked Asian food customs, in part, because the actors tried to eat a burger with chopsticks. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Peloton is far from the first: A list of 2019's controversial ads, branded messaging," 6 Dec. 2019 Other honorable mentions include lightsaber chopsticks ($13), lightsaber BBQ tongs ($27) and lightsaber salt and pepper grinders ($40). Sarah Brookbank,, "Bring the Force into your kitchen with these Star Wars gadgets," 3 Dec. 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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18 Jan 2020

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“Chopstick.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 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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