Definition of "chop" []

  • To cut by striking with a heavy sharp tool, such as an ax: chop wood. (verb-transitive)
  • To shape or form by chopping: chop a hole in the ice. (verb-transitive)
  • To cut into small pieces: chop onions; chop up meat. (verb-transitive)
  • To curtail as if by chopping: chopped off his sentence midway; are going to chop expenses. (verb-transitive)
  • Sports To hit or hit at with a short swift downward stroke. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "chop" in a sentence
  • "Then the giddy feeling grew more oppressive, the trees began to slowly sail round him, and there appeared to be several squirrels and several branches all whisking their bushy tails and uttering that peculiar sound of theirs -- _chop, chop, chop_, -- as if they had learned it from the noise made by the woodman in felling trees."
  • "While many would like to believe that a low was made in early August, if history is any guide investors are likely to find themselves entering what we call the "chop zone" as we move into the month of September."
  • ""Well, I suppose I am; but that's what I call chop logic -- aren't it, master?""