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 Both chopstick professionals and novices will enjoy using these utensils. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 29 July 2022 Scientists working with food and pharmaceutical company Kirin developed an electrical chopstick accessory that makes food taste 50 percent saltier—without adding salt. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 21 June 2022 And be sure not to use a super skinny poking tool, such as a chopstick: The best soak distribution is achieved with wider holes. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Her gold vermeil chopstick earrings are a standout. Jennifer Chan,, 8 May 2022 Kirin's announcement also didn't note if the researchers examined how the chopstick device affected research subjects' perception of the saltiness of food with no sodium. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 19 Apr. 2022 Pull the soil back with a small trowel, your hands, or a chopstick or pencil (for tiny seedlings) and tuck the plant in by gently pushing the earth back in place around the roots. Emily Murphy, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Feb. 2022 Hold the aluminum cup over the plastic takeout container, jab the dumpling with a chopstick and pour in some of the black vinegar sauce, then slurp it all up. The Chronicle Food & Wine Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Jan. 2022 Steaming a thicker cake will take longer, so add 10 minutes or so to the steam time and check with a chopstick or skewer for doneness. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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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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