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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Chops \Chops\ (ch[o^]ps), n. pl. [See Chop a jaw.]

  1. The jaws; also, the fleshy parts about the mouth.

  2. The sides or capes at the mouth of a river, channel, harbor, or bay; as, the chops of the English Channel.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"jaws, sides of the face," c.1500, perhaps a variant of chaps (n.2) in the same sense, which is of unknown origin.


n. 1 (plural of chop English)Category:English plurals 2 (context plurale tantum English) The mouth, jaws or jowl. 3 (context plurale tantum music informal English) A wind instrument player's embouchure. 4 (context plurale tantum informal chiefly music English) One's skill at musical interpretation and delivery; musical performance ability. 5 (context plurale tantum informal English) One's skill at any endeavor. 6 (context plurale tantum nautical English) The area where two tides meet and cause an irregular (choppy) se

  1. 7 (context plurale tantum juggling English) A pattern that involves carrying the object with the hand over the next object before throwing it. v

  2. (en-third-person singular of: chop)


CHOPS is the stage name of Scott Jung, also known as Scott Chops Jung, an Asian American hip hop producer, rapper and former member of the Asian American Hip-Hop group, the Mountain Brothers. Jung grew up in Philadelphia and has Chinese ancestry. While with Mountain Brothers, he became known for using a combination of programmed and live instruments in his work, as opposed to sampling the work of others. Since the disbanding of the Mountain Brothers, CHOPS has worked primarily as a producer, with his most high-profile piece being the critically acclaimed 2011 video for Lonely Island entitled "The Creep."

Chops (Euros Childs album)

Chops is an album by Euros Childs, released in February 2006.

Chops (Joe Pass album)

Chops is an album by the American jazz guitarist Joe Pass and the double bass player Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, released in 1978 (see 1978 in music). It was re-issued in 1993 on CD by Original Jazz Classics.

Usage examples of "chops".

And the idea of asking Hong to appraise the chops was simply too apt to reject without a better reason than blind fear.

Watchdog has already hired someone to appraise the chops a local expert, Carliss Swilley.

Vege-Sal is also excellent sprinkled over chops and steaks in place of regular salt.

While the chops are browning on their second side, start browning the almonds in the butter in a small skillet over medium heat.

Scrape the sauce from the skillet over the chops, and top each with toasted almonds.

This is great on ribs, chops, or chicken, and far lower-carb than barbecue sauce.

Nakahatchi sensei wishes to share the chops in a spirit of martial brotherhood.

Some of the time, Sammy Posten shadowed the IAMA Director, but mostly he watched over the chops with an air of ineffectual vigilance.

Hell, half the people in the country who even knew those chops existed were probably right here.

Our traditions say that he carved the essential stances and techniques of Wing Chun into a set of ivory chops in order to preserve the system from later misunderstanding.

All I had to do was keep an eye on the chops, watch for more picks, and wait out the day.

Under the right circumstances, there was no limit to the amount of blood those chops might cost.

Traditional Wing Chun is also located in Martial America, and Sifu Hong believes strongly that the chops should belong to him.

Lacone wants me to baby-sit those chops for a while, earn him a break on his insurance rates.

As soon as Sternway paused, I asked Hideo where the chops would be kept.