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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
chap
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
dear
▪ My dear chap you couldn't put them in a work of fiction.
good
▪ So bear it in mind, there's a good chap.
▪ He's a good chap, but he's mostly tight.
▪ Work on the details for me, Paul, there's a good chap.
▪ Sylvia knows of a good chap.
little
▪ The little chap is presumed alive and well - although anything's possible.
▪ A grand little chap called Willie Workman was largely responsible.
▪ I always thought he was a lonely little chap.
▪ The C100 is a squat little chap on the ground.
▪ He watched warily as the little fat chap with bits of paper in his hat leapt to his feet.
▪ The wife and I are shy types but our little chap is fearless.
nice
▪ As nice a chap as you could hope to meet.
▪ He was a nice chap called Roland who entertained us with such finesse on his flute and oboe.
▪ He seems a terribly nice old chap.
▪ He says that he seemed like a nice chap.
old
▪ All these setbacks didn't matter, old chap, because the referee only has eyes for the big boys.
▪ Then my advice to you, old chap, is to go back.
▪ Don't call us, old chap, such a dashed shame.
▪ These old chaps have some substance in the universe.
▪ However, old chap, I have some news that may prove unsettling.
▪ Ladies of the night dancing on tables among the champagne bottles while watched lecherously by older, affluent-looking chaps.
▪ He seems a terribly nice old chap.
other
▪ We used to hear such stories - you know - from the other chaps.
▪ Chaps like me taking to other chaps like me.
▪ The other chap had a skin graft.
▪ I don't know the other chap, the bearded one.
poor
▪ But it was decades ago - why the poor chap!
▪ The condescension can not be denied: look at how hard the poor chaps strive to keep up with the nuclear Joneses.
▪ The poor chap is on his uppers, by all accounts, reduced to touting himself on the after-dinner circuit.
▪ But after all the poor chap had been worried - I couldn't blame him.
▪ He copped for everything, poor chap.
▪ I warn them all not to take her seriously, but they all do, poor chaps!
▪ Perhaps he'd even hoped so, poor chap.
young
▪ There was that young chap Brian something; even Douglas had heard about him.
▪ Oh, that young chap, Manna Dey!
▪ He says it's a great shock to everybody and not something you expect to affect such a young chap.
▪ The Minister is a friendly young chap.
■ VERB
see
▪ At any rate, it's apparently vital that I see this chap.
▪ Then you would know when you saw the chap in the 1984 Cortina he was the company's worst driver.
▪ Our chaps can't see their chaps, but their chaps can't see ours.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Being a cautious kind of chap, I decided to make a phone call before reaching before reaching for my cheque book.
▪ Mock's have a new chap on the bacon counter.
▪ My dear chap you couldn't put them in a work of fiction.
▪ Once some one has established themselves as being the right sort of chap, then their name crops up time and again.
▪ Stella stood in the middle of the field talking to the only chap properly attired in shorts and jersey.
▪ The chap on the left is James Stuart, and on the right we have his son, Charles Stuart.
▪ The other chap had a skin graft.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Chap

Chap \Chap\ (ch[o^]p), n. [OE. chaft; of Scand. origin; cf. Icel kjaptr jaw, Sw. K["a]ft, D. ki[ae]ft; akin to G. kiefer, and E. jowl. Cf. Chops.]

  1. One of the jaws or the fleshy covering of a jaw; -- commonly in the plural, and used of animals, and colloquially of human beings.

    His chaps were all besmeared with crimson blood.
    --Cowley.

    He unseamed him [Macdonald] from the nave to the chaps.
    --Shak.

  2. One of the jaws or cheeks of a vise, etc.

Chap

Chap \Chap\ (ch[a^]p or ch[o^]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chapped (ch[a^]pt or ch[o^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. Chapping.] [See Chop to cut.]

  1. To cause to open in slits or chinks; to split; to cause the skin of to crack or become rough.

    Then would unbalanced heat licentious reign, Crack the dry hill, and chap the russet plain.
    --Blackmore.

    Nor winter's blast chap her fair face.
    --Lyly.

  2. To strike; to beat. [Scot.]

Chap

Chap \Chap\ (ch[a^]p), n. [Perh. abbreviated fr. chapman, but used in a more general sense; or cf. Dan. ki[ae]ft jaw, person, E. chap jaw.]

  1. A buyer; a chapman. [Obs.]

    If you want to sell, here is your chap.
    --Steele.

  2. A man or boy; a youth; a fellow. [Colloq.]

Chap

Chap \Chap\, v. i.

  1. To crack or open in slits; as, the earth chaps; the hands chap.

  2. To strike; to knock; to rap. [Scot.]

Chap

Chap \Chap\, v. i. [See Cheapen.] To bargain; to buy. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] ||

Chap

Chap \Chap\, n. [From Chap, v. t. & i.]

  1. A cleft, crack, or chink, as in the surface of the earth, or in the skin.

  2. A division; a breach, as in a party. [Obs.]

    Many clefts and chaps in our council board.
    --T. Fuller.

  3. A blow; a rap. [Scot.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
chap

1570s, "customer," short for obsolete chapman "purchaser, trader" (see cheap). Colloquial sense of "lad, fellow" is first attested 1716 (compare slang tough customer).

chap

"to crack," mid-15c., chappen (intransitive) "to split, burst open;" "cause to crack" (transitive); perhaps a variant of choppen (see chop (v.), and compare strap/strop), or related to Middle Dutch kappen "to chop, cut," Danish kappe, Swedish kappa "to cut." Related: Chapped; chapping. The noun meaning "fissure in the skin" is from late 14c.

Wiktionary
chap

Etymology 1 n. (context dated outside UK and Australia English) A man, a fellow. Etymology 2

n. 1 A cleft, crack, or chink, as in the surface of the earth, or in the skin. 2 (context obsolete English) A division; a breach, as in a party. 3 (context Scotland English) A blow; a rap. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) Of the skin, to split or flake due to cold weather or dryness. 2 (context transitive English) To cause to open in slits or chinks; to split; to cause the skin of to crack or become rough. 3 (context Scotland northern England English) To strike, knock. Etymology 3

n. 1 (context archaic English) The jaw (often in plural). 2 One of the jaws or cheeks of a vice, etc.

WordNet
chap
  1. v. crack due to dehydration; "My lips chap in this dry weather"

  2. [also: chapping, chapped]

chap
  1. n. a boy or man; "that chap is your host"; "there's a fellow at the door"; "he's a likable cuss" [syn: fellow, feller, lad, gent, fella, blighter, cuss]

  2. a long narrow depression in a surface [syn: crevice, cranny, crack, fissure]

  3. a crack in a lip caused usually by cold

  4. (usually in the plural) leather leggings without a seat; joined by a belt; often have flared outer flaps; worn over trousers by cowboys to protect their legs

  5. [also: chapping, chapped]

Wikipedia
Chap

Chap may refer to:

  • James Buck, Basildonian Asset Manager
  • Chap (instrument), a Southeast Asian percussion instrument
  • Chap Petersen (born 1968), American politician and Virginia state senator
  • Kevin O'Reilly, Irish hurler nicknamed "Chap"
  • Chap, Virginia, United States, an unincorporated community
  • The Chap, a British magazine
  • The Chap (band), an experimental pop band from North London
  • Chap, a caste in the Bhakkar district of the Punjab, Pakistan
  • Chap, a term for chewing tobacco

CHAP may stand for:

  • Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol, a computer networking authentication system
  • Combined Heat And Power, cogeneration, the use of a heat engine or a power station to simultaneously generate both electricity and useful heat
  • Comprehensive Health Assessment Program, a tool used for keeping medical histories of people with intellectual disabilities
  • Community Health Accreditation Program, an independent, US not-for-profit accrediting body for health care organizations
  • CHAP-FM, a rebroadcaster of CHYC-FM in Chapleau, Ontario, Canada
  • CHAP (AM), a 1970s radio station in Longlac, Ontario, Canada
Chap (instrument)

A chap or chhap is a percussion instrument. It is made from metal, as is a ching, but is thinner. There are two kinds of chap: chap lek and chap yai. A chap lek's diameter is 12-14 cm. A chap yai's diameter is 24-26 cm.

Usage examples of "chap".

Instead of confronting the Luftwaffe over France or evacuating Allied soldiers from Dunkirk, Skip had been relegated to testing aerocraft at Biddington Airfield until a chap named Cunningham finally came in and replaced him.

The chap came down in a rush, nearly upsetting Andy, who, however, managed to yank the lad to his feet.

Rogue, got into action in March 1943-B At the same time the production of land-based aircraft types suitable for antisubmarine See Chap.

The rice was hot and so was the bowl of delicious stewed tomatoes and two chap atis The water was refreshingly cool and served in a clean glass.

Paul du Maurier, who was the new assistant Scoutmaster of the Auslander troop and the chap who had gotten me taken on as cookie.

Project Gutenberg EBook of Banbury Chap Books, by Edwin Pearson This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.

Chap Men, or Running, Flying, and other mercurial stationers, peripatetic booksellers, pedlers, packmen, and again chepmen, these visited the villages and small towns from the large printers of the supply towns, as London, Banbury, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, etc.

The Project Gutenberg EBook of Banbury Chap Books, by Edwin Pearson This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.

A chap that could openly laugh and jeer at his own peculiarities must surely be a good sort, so forthwith Banty pitched in heart and soul to arrange all kinds of excursions and adventures, and The Eena planned and suggested, until it seemed that all the weeks stretching out into the holiday months were to be one long round of sport and pleasure in honor of the lanky King Georgeman, who was so anxious to fall easily into the ways of the West.

Only in the bizarro world of Hollywood can such a harmless little chap as George exude massive sexual potency.

The chaps often used to drop round and have a yarn with Bogan and cheer him up, and one evening I was sitting smoking with him, and yarning about old times, when he got very quiet all of a sudden, and I saw a tear drop from under one of his shutters and roll down his cheek.

Hank had worked on the gear for the broncs and bulls, rewired the lights, repaired the PA system, found a barrel for the rodeo clown, tied the numbered collars on the team penning cattle and, finally, got into his chaps for the bull riding.

No sign of Miss Woodworth or Miss Brooks had been seen anywhere in the city, according to the chaps who roamed the docks and Covent Garden area.

He was a clever chap, Burman, but there was nothing of the pedantic professor about him.

He was so manifestly a bird who, having failed to score in the first chukker, would turn the thing up and spend the rest of his life brooding over his newts and growing long grey whiskers, like one of those chaps you read about in novels, who live in the great white house you can just see over there through the trees and shut themselves off from the world and have pained faces.