Chop - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |tʃɑːp|  American pronunciation of the word chop
Brit.  |tʃɒp|  British pronunciation of the word chop


- the irregular motion of waves (usually caused by wind blowing in a direction opposite to the tide)
the boat headed into the chop
- a small cut of meat including part of a rib
- a jaw
I'll hit him on the chops
- a tennis return made with a downward motion that puts backspin on the ball
- a grounder that bounces high in the air (syn: chopper)


- cut into pieces (syn: chop up)
chop meat
- move suddenly
- form or shape by chopping
chop a hole in the ground
- strike sharply, as in some sports
- cut with a hacking tool (syn: hack)
- hit sharply

Extra examples

The tree is too big, you'll have to chop back some of the branches.

Ask the man in the shop to chop the meat into little bits.

The king's head was chopped off.

She was full of chops and changes like fortune.

He was continually chopping and changing his horses.

We were walking along the street together when suddenly he chopped round and ran the other way.

He went outside to chop some more wood for the fire.

Can you chop up some carrots for me?

Add two finely chopped onions and a clove of garlic.

Chop the meat into small cubes.

He suddenly found that his income had been chopped in half.

With one last chop he split the log in two.

When the storm arose, the wind chopped about and the little boat nearly sank.

I'll hit him on the chops

After you wash and seed the peppers you can chop them.

Phrasal verbs

chop down  — cut down
chop off  — remove by or as if by cutting
chop up  — cut into pieces

Word forms

I/you/we/they: chop
he/she/it: chops
present participle: chopping
past tense: chopped
past participle: chopped
singular: chop
plural: chops
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