chop, chopper

(noun) a grounder that bounces high in the air

chop, chop shot

(noun) a tennis return made with a downward motion that puts backspin on the ball


(noun) a jaw; “I’ll hit him on the chops”


(noun) a small cut of meat including part of a rib


(noun) the irregular motion of waves (usually caused by wind blowing in a direction opposite to the tide); “the boat headed into the chop”


(verb) hit sharply

chop, hack

(verb) cut with a hacking tool

chop, chop up

(verb) cut into pieces; “Chop wood”; “chop meat”


(verb) strike sharply, as in some sports


(verb) form or shape by chopping; “chop a hole in the ground”


(verb) move suddenly

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


chop (plural chops)

A cut of meat, often containing a section of a rib.

A blow with an axe, cleaver, or similar utensil.

(martial arts) A blow delivered with the hand rigid and outstretched.

Ocean waves, generally caused by wind, distinguished from swell by being smaller and not lasting as long.

(poker) A hand where two or more players have an equal-valued hand, resulting in the chips being shared equally between them.

(informal, with "the") Termination, especially from employment.

(dated) A crack or cleft; a chap.


• (dismissal, especially from employment (informal)): axe, pink slip, sack


chop (third-person singular simple present chops, present participle chopping, simple past and past participle chopped)

(transitive) To cut into pieces with short, vigorous cutting motions.

(transitive) To sever with an axe or similar implement.

(transitive) to give a downward cutting blow or movement, typically with the side of the hand.

(transitive, baseball) To hit the ball downward so that it takes a high bounce.

(poker) To divide the pot (or tournament prize) between two or more players.

(intransitive) To make a quick, heavy stroke or a series of strokes, with or as with an ax.

(intransitive) To do something suddenly with an unexpected motion; to catch or attempt to seize.

(intransitive) To interrupt; with in or out.

(computing, transitive, Perl) To remove the final character from (a text string).

Etymology 2


chop (third-person singular simple present chops, present participle chopping, simple past and past participle chopped)

(obsolete) To exchange, to barter; to swap.

To chap or crack.

(nautical) To vary or shift suddenly.

(obsolete) To twist words.

To converse, discuss, or speak with another.


chop (plural chops)

A turn of fortune; change; a vicissitude.

Etymology 3


chop (plural chops)

(mostly, in the plural) A jaw of an animal.

A movable jaw or cheek, as of a vice.

The land at each side of the mouth of a river, harbour, or channel.

Etymology 4


chop (plural chops)

An official stamp or seal, as in China and India.

A mark indicating nature, quality, or brand.

A license or passport that has been sealed.

Etymology 5



chop (plural chops)

(internet) An IRC channel operator.


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CHOP (uncountable)

(acronym) a chemotherapy regimen used in the treatment of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, consisting of Cyclophosphamide, Hydroxydaunorubicin (also called doxorubicin or adriamycin), Oncovin (vincristine) and Prednisone or Prednisolone

(acronym) Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Source: Wiktionary

Chop, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chopped; p. pr. & vb. n. Chopping.] Etym: [Cf. LG. & D. kappen, Dan. kappe, Sw. kappa. Cf. Chap to crack.]

1. To cut by striking repeatedly with a sharp instrument; to cut into pieces; to mince; -- often with up.

2. To sever or separate by one more blows of a sharp instrument; to divide; -- usually with off or down. Chop off your hand, and it to the king. Shak.

3. To seize or devour greedily; -- with up. [Obs.] Upon the opening of his mouth he drops his breakfast, which the fox presently chopped up. L'estrange.

Chop, v. i.

1. To make a quick strike, or repeated strokes, with an ax or other sharp instrument.

2. To do something suddenly with an unexpected motion; to catch or attempt to seize. Out of greediness to get both, he chops at the shadow, and loses the substance. L'Estrange.

3. To interrupt; -- with in or out. This fellow interrupted the sermon, even suddenly chopping in. Latimer.

Chop, v. t. Etym: [Cf. D. koopen to buy. See Cheapen, v. t., and cf. Chap, v. i., to buy.]

1. To barter or truck.

2. To exchange; substitute one thing for another. We go on chopping and changing our friends. L'Estrange. To chop logic, to dispute with an affected use of logical terms; to argue sophistically.

Chop, v. i.

1. To purchase by way of truck.

2. (Naut.)

Definition: To vary or shift suddenly; as, the wind chops about.

3. To wrangle; to altercate; to bandy words. Let not the counsel at the bar chop with the judge. Bacon.

Chop, n.

Definition: A change; a vicissitude. Marryat.

Chop, v. t. & i.

Definition: To crack. See Chap, v. t. & i.

Chop, n.

1. The act of chopping; a stroke.

2. A piece chopped off; a slice or small piece, especially of meat; as, a mutton chop.

3. A crack or cleft. See Chap.

Chop, n. Etym: [See Chap.]

1. A jaw of an animal; -- commonly in the pl. See Chops.

2. A movable jaw or cheek, as of a wooden vise.

3. The land at each side of the mouth of a river, harbor, or channel; as, East Chop or West Chop. See Chops.

Chop, n. Etym: [Chin. & Hind. chap stamp, brand.]

1. Quality; brand; as, silk of the first chop.

2. A permit or clearance. Chop dollar, a silver dollar stamped to attest its purity.

– chop of tea, a number of boxes of the same make and quality of leaf.

– Chowchow chop. See under Chowchow.

– Grand chop, a ship's port clearance. S. W. Williams.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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