Chop definition

chŏp
The act of chopping.
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To cut or make by blows with an ax or other sharp tool.

To chop down a tree; to chop a hole.

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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.

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To shape or form by chopping.

Chop a hole in the ice.

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A piece that has been chopped off, especially a cut of meat, usually taken from the rib, shoulder, or loin and containing a bone.
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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.

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To cut into small pieces.

Chop onions and carrots; chop up meat.

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To reduce abruptly or by a large amount.

Chopped off his sentence midway; are going to chop expenses.

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To make heavy, cutting strokes.
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(archaic) To move roughly or suddenly.
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A swift, short, cutting blow or stroke.
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(sports) A short downward stroke.
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A short irregular motion of waves.
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An area of choppy water, as on an ocean.
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The official stamp or seal of a government, company, or individual, especially in China.
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Quality; class.

First chop.

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To cut into pieces, often, specif., small pieces.

Chop up the onions, chopped sirloin.

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To say in a jerky or abrupt way.
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To hit with a short, sharp downward stroke.
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To make quick, cutting strokes with a sharp tool.
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To do something with a quick, sharp, or jerky motion.
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The act of chopping.
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A short, sharp downward blow or stroke.
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A piece chopped off.
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A slice of lamb, pork, etc. cut, along with a piece of bone, from the rib, loin, or shoulder.
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A short, broken movement of waves.
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A jaw.
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A cheek.
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To shift or veer suddenly, as the wind; change direction.
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An official seal, stamp, permit, or license, as orig. in India and China.
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A brand, or trademark.
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(informal) Quality; grade; brand.

A writer of the first chop.

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

I only like lamb chops with mint jelly.

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

It should take just one good chop to fell the sapling.

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

A karate chop.

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Ocean waves, generally caused by wind, distinguished from swell by being smaller and not lasting as long.
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(poker) A hand where two or more players have an equal-valued hand, resulting in the chips being shared equally between them.

With both players having an ace-high straight, the pot was a chop.

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(informal, with "the") Termination, especially from employment.
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(dated) A crack or cleft; a chap.
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To cut into pieces with short, vigorous cutting motions.

Chop wood.

Chop an onion.

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To sever with an axe or similar implement.

Chop off his head.

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(baseball) To hit the ball downward so that it takes a high bounce.
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(poker) To divide the pot (tournament prize) between two or more players.
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To do something suddenly with an unexpected motion; to catch or attempt to seize.
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To interrupt; with in or out.
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L'Estrange.

We go on chopping and changing our friends.

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To chap or crack.
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(nautical) To vary or shift suddenly.

The wind chops about.

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To wrangle; to altercate; to bandy words.
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(chiefly in the plural) A jaw of an animal.
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A movable jaw or cheek, as of a vice.
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The land at each side of the mouth of a river, harbour, or channel.

East Chop; West Chop.

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An official stamp or seal.
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Mark indicating nature, quality, or brand.

Silk of the first chop.

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(Internet) An IRC channel operator.
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(sports) To hit or swing at (a pitched ball) with a short downward stroke.
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To cut by striking with a heavy sharp tool, such as an ax.

Chop wood.

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To change direction suddenly, as a ship in the wind.
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chop logic
  • to argue, esp. in a hairsplitting way
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
chop
Plural:
chops

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of chop

  • Obsolete to exchange from Middle English choppen to barter, bargain variant of chapen from Old English cēapian from cēap bargain, trade cheap

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English choppen probably variant of chappen to split chap1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Hindi chāp seal

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English choppen, variant of chappen (“to chop”). Akin to Dutch kappen (“to chop, cut, hew”), Middle Low German koppen (“to cut off, lop, poll”), Danish kappe (“to cut, lop off, poll”), Swedish kapa (“to cut”), Albanian copë (“piece, chunk”), Old English *cippian (only attested in compounds). More at chip.

    From Wiktionary

  • Of uncertain origin, perhaps a variant of chap.

    From Wiktionary

  • Hindi छाप (ćhāp, “stamp”)

    From Wiktionary

  • Shortening.

    From Wiktionary