- The definition of a chop is an individual portion of meat cut from the rib or shoulder of an animal, or an official seal or stamp.
- An example of a chop is a piece of lamb with the rib bone attached.
- An example of a chop is the wooden stamp used in China as a signature stamp.
- Chop means to cut with one stroke of an ax or several quick strokes with a knife.
An example of chop is dicing garlic with a kitchen knife.
A man chopping a tomato.
chop definition by Webster's New World
- to cut or make by blows with an ax or other sharp tool: to chop down a tree; to chop a hole
- to cut into small bits; mince: to chop onions
- to say in a jerky or abrupt way
- to hit with a short, sharp downward stroke
Origin: Middle English choppen, probably ; from northern Old French choper, for Old French coper, to cut off (; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form cuppare, to decapitate ; from an unverified form cuppum, skull ; from Late Latin cuppa, cup); influenced, influence by couper, to strike (; from coup, colp, a blow: see coup)
- to make quick, cutting strokes with a sharp tool
- to do something with a quick, sharp, or jerky motion
- the act of chopping
- a short, sharp downward blow or stroke
- a piece chopped off
- a slice of lamb, pork, etc. cut, along with a piece of bone, from the rib, loin, or shoulder
- a short, broken movement of waves
- a jaw
- a cheek
Origin: variant, variety of chap
- an official seal, stamp, permit, or license, as orig. in India and China
- a brand, or trademark
- Informal quality; grade; brand: a writer of the first chop
Origin: Hindi chāp
chop definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb chopped chopped, chop·ping, chops verb, transitive
- a. To cut by striking with a heavy sharp tool, such as an ax: chop wood.b. To shape or form by chopping: chop a hole in the ice.c. To cut into small pieces: chop onions; chop up meat.d. To curtail as if by chopping: chopped off his sentence midway; are going to chop expenses.
- Sports To hit or hit at with a short swift downward stroke.
- To make heavy, cutting strokes.
- Archaic To move roughly or suddenly.
- The act of chopping.
- a. A swift, short, cutting blow or stroke.b. Sports A short downward stroke.
- A piece that has been chopped off, especially a cut of meat, usually taken from the rib, shoulder, or loin and containing a bone.
- a. A short irregular motion of waves.b. An area of choppy water, as on an ocean.
Origin: Middle English choppen, probably variant of chappen, to split; see chap1.
intransitive verb chopped chopped, chop·ping, chops
Origin: Obsolete, to exchange, from Middle English choppen, to barter, bargain, variant of chapen, from Old English cēapian, from cēap, bargain, trade; see cheap.
- An official stamp or permit in the Far East.
- a. A mark stamped on goods or coins to indicate their identity or quality.b. Quality; class: first chop.
Origin: Hindi chāp, seal.
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