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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [chop]
    • /tʃɒp/
    • /ˈʧɒpɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [chop]
    • /tʃɒp/

Definitions of chopping word

  • verb with object chopping to cut or sever with a quick, heavy blow or a series of blows, using an ax, hatchet, etc. (often followed by down, off, etc.): to chop down a tree. 1
  • verb with object chopping to make or prepare for use by so cutting: to chop logs. 1
  • verb with object chopping to cut in pieces; mince (often followed by up): to chop up an onion; to chop meat. 1
  • verb with object chopping (in tennis, cricket, etc.) to hit (a ball) with a chop stroke. 1
  • verb with object chopping to weed and thin out (growing cotton) with a hoe. 1
  • verb with object chopping Fox Hunting. (of a hound or pack) to attack and kill (a fox that has not begun to run). 1

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Origin of chopping

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English choppen; variant of chap1

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Parts of speech for Chopping


chopping popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

chopping usage trend in Literature

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