chop

verb (1)
\ ˈchäp How to pronounce chop (audio) \
chopped; chopping

Definition of chop

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to cut into or sever usually by repeated blows of a sharp instrument
b : to cut into pieces often used with up chop up an onion
c : to weed and thin out (young cotton)
d : to cut as if by chopping chop prices a bridge chops the lake in two
2 : to strike (something, such as a ball) with a short quick downward stroke
3 : to subject to the action of a chopper chop a beam of light

intransitive verb

1 : to make a quick stroke or repeated strokes with or as if with a sharp instrument (such as an ax)
2 archaic : to move or act suddenly or violently

chop

noun (1)

Definition of chop (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : a forceful usually slanting blow with or as if with an ax or cleaver
b : a sharp downward blow or stroke
2 : a small cut of meat often including part of a rib — see lamb illustration
3 : a mark made by or as if by chopping
4 : material that has been chopped up
5a : a short abrupt motion (as of a wave)
b : a stretch of choppy sea
7 chiefly British : abrupt elimination or removal (as from a job) it is the very top men who have got the chopDaily Mirror

chop

verb (2)
chopped; chopping

Definition of chop (Entry 3 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to change direction
2 : to veer with or as if with wind
chop logic
: to argue with sophistical reasoning and minute distinctions

chop

noun (2)

Definition of chop (Entry 4 of 4)

1a : a seal or official stamp or its impression
b : a license validated by a seal
2a : a mark on goods or coins to indicate nature or quality
b : a kind, brand, or lot of goods bearing the same chop
c : quality, grade of the first chop

Synonyms for chop

Synonyms: Verb (1)

Synonyms: Noun (1)

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First Known Use of chop

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for chop

Verb (1)

Middle English chappen, choppen — more at chap

Verb (2)

Middle English chappen, choppen to barter

Noun (2)

Hindi chāp & Urdu chhāp stamp

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“Chop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chop. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for chop

chop

verb
\ ˈchäp How to pronounce chop (audio) \
chopped; chopping

Kids Definition of chop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to cut by striking especially over and over with something sharp Chop down the tree with an ax.
2 : to cut into small pieces : mince chop onions

chop

noun

Kids Definition of chop (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a sharp downward blow or stroke (as with an ax)
2 : a small cut of meat often including a part of a rib a pork chop

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