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Webster 1913 Edition


Chop

Chop

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Chopped
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Chopping
.]
[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.
Shakespeare
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

,
Verb.
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

,
Verb.
T.
[Cf. D.
koopen
to buy. See
Cheapen
,
Verb.
T.
, and cf.
Chap
,
Verb.
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

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To purchase by way of truck.
2.
(Naut.)
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

,
Noun.
A change; a vicissitude.
Marryat.

Chop

,
Verb.
T.
&
I.
To crack. See
Chap
,
Verb.
T.
&
I.

Chop

,
Noun.
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

,
Noun.
[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

,
Noun.
[Chin. & Hind.
chāp
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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Chop

CHOP

, v.t.
1.
To cut off or separate, by striking with a sharp instrument, either by a single blow or by repeated blows; as, to chop off a head; to chop wood.
2.
To cut into small pieces; to mince; as, to chop meat; to chop straw.
3.
To grand and mince with the teeth; to devour eagerly; with up; as, to chop up an entertainment.
4.
To break or open into chinks or fissures; to crack; to chap. [See Chap.]

CHOP

, v.i.
1.
To buy, or rather to barter, truck, exchange.
2.
To exchange; to put one thing in the place of another; as, to chop and change our friends.
3.
To bandy; to altercate; to return one word or thing for another.
Let not the council chop with the judge.

CHOP

,
Verb.
I.
To turn, vary, change or shift suddenly; as in the seamans phrase, the wind chops, or chops about. [The various senses of this verb seem to center in that of thrusting, driving, or a sudden motion or exertion of force.]

CHOP

, n.
1.
A piece chopped off; a small piece of meat; as a mutton chop.
2.
A crack or cleft. See Chap, which, with the broad sound of a, is often pronounced chap.
3.
The chap; the jaw; plu. The jaws; the mouth; the sides of a rivers mouth or channel. [See Chap.]

Definition 2022


chop

chop

See also: chóp, chöp, chớp, and chộp

English

Noun

chop (plural chops)

Chopping garlic
  1. A cut of meat, often containing a section of a rib.
    I only like lamb chops with mint jelly.
  2. A blow with an axe, cleaver, or similar utensil.
    It should take just one good chop to fell the sapling.
  3. (martial arts) A blow delivered with the hand rigid and outstretched.
    A karate chop.
  4. Ocean waves, generally caused by wind, distinguished from swell by being smaller and not lasting as long.
  5. (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.
  6. (informal, with "the") Termination, especially from employment.
  7. (dated) A crack or cleft; a chap.
Quotations
  • For usage examples of this term, see Citations:chop.
Synonyms
Translations

Verb

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

  1. (transitive) To cut into pieces with short, vigorous cutting motions.
    chop wood; chop an onion
  2. (transitive) To sever with an axe or similar implement.
    Chop off his head.
  3. (transitive, baseball) To hit the ball downward so that it takes a high bounce.
  4. (poker) To divide the pot (or tournament prize) between two or more players. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  5. (intransitive) To make a quick, heavy stroke or a series of strokes, with or as with an ax.
  6. (intransitive) To do something suddenly with an unexpected motion; to catch or attempt to seize.
    • (Can we date this quote?) L'Estrange
      Out of greediness to get both, he chops at the shadow, and loses the substance.
  7. (intransitive) To interrupt; with in or out.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Latimer
      This fellow interrupted the sermon, even suddenly chopping in.
  8. (computing, transitive, Perl) To remove the final character from (a text string).
Translations

Derived terms

Etymology 2

Of uncertain origin, perhaps a variant of chap.

Verb

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

  1. (obsolete) To exchange, to barter; to swap.
    • 1644, John Milton, Aeropagitica:
      this is not to put down Prelaty, this is but to chop an Episcopacy; this is but to translate the Palace Metropolitan from one kind of dominion into another, this is but an old canonicall sleight of commuting our penance.
    • L'Estrange
      We go on chopping and changing our friends.
  2. To chap or crack.
  3. (nautical) To vary or shift suddenly.
    The wind chops about.
  4. To wrangle; to altercate; to bandy words.
    • Francis Bacon
      Let not the counsel at the bar chop with the judge.

Noun

chop (plural chops)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) A jaw of an animal.
  2. A movable jaw or cheek, as of a vice.
  3. The land at each side of the mouth of a river, harbour, or channel.
    East Chop; West Chop
  4. A change; a vicissitude.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Marryat to this entry?)

Etymology 3

Hindi छाप (chāp, stamp)

Noun

chop (plural chops)

  1. An official stamp or seal.
  2. Mark indicating nature, quality, or brand.
    silk of the first chop
Derived terms

Etymology 4

Shortening.

Noun

chop (plural chops)

  1. (Internet) An IRC channel operator.
    • 1996, Peter Ludlow, High Noon on the Electronic Frontier (page 404)
      IRC supports mechanisms for the enforcement of acceptable behaviour on IRC. Channel operators — "chanops" or "chops" — have access to the /kick command, which throws a specified user out of the given channel.
Synonyms

Nigerian Pidgin

Verb

chop

  1. eat
  2. spend