chopper [chop-er] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a person or thing that chops.
  2. a short ax with a large blade, used for cutting up meat, fish, etc.; butcher’s cleaver.
  3. a prehistoric implement made by striking flakes off one or both sides of a stone, considered the oldest known worked stone tool.
  4. choppers, Slang. the teeth.
  5. Informal. a helicopter.
  6. Slang. a motorcycle.
  7. a device for interrupting an electric current or a beam of light at regular intervals.

verb (used without object)

  1. Informal.
    1. to travel by helicopter: We choppered into midtown from the airport.
    2. to travel by motorcycle.

Origin of chopper 1545–55; 1950–55 for def 5; chop1 + -er1 Related Words for choppers molar, dicer, mincer, axe Examples from the Web for choppers Contemporary Examples of choppers

  • You can hear the choppers descending even if you have never set foot in the country.

    A Different Kind of Vietnam Story

    J.T. Price

    October 9, 2014

  • By midday, the Ukrainian government had confirmed that two of its choppers had been downed.

    Eastern Ukraine Explodes, Russian Invasion Grows More Likely

    Jamie Dettmer

    May 2, 2014

  • “They have choppers looking for them,” Sheriff Herrera says.

    Convicts Hunted After Mexican Prison Break Near Border

    Christine Pelisek

    September 19, 2012

  • The choppers, which had been sold to Syria by Russia in the early 1990s, had been undergoing a refit in Russia.

    U.K. Blocks Russian Cargo Shipment to Syria

    Owen Matthews

    June 19, 2012

  • Now they may lie in wait for choppers on rescue missions, says John Barry.

    The Taliban’s Bait Game

    John Barry

    August 12, 2011

  • Historical Examples of choppers

  • He went from that work to the place where the choppers were swinging their axes.

    Two Arrows

    William O. Stoddard

  • As the chips flew into the faces of the choppers they fell dead.

    Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate

    Charles M. Skinner

  • Brigades of choppers were opening roads here and there to deceive.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye

  • Soon the woods were alive with choppers, and the trees began to fall.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man

    Lawrence Van Alstyne

  • It came out of the choppers, and we just caught the edge of it.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • British Dictionary definitions for choppers chopper noun

    1. mainly British a small hand axe
    2. a butcher’s cleaver
    3. a person or thing that cuts or chops
    4. an informal name for a helicopter
    5. mainly British a slang name for penis
    6. a device for periodically interrupting an electric current or beam of radiation to produce a pulsed current or beamSee also vibrator (def. 2)
    7. a type of bicycle or motorcycle with very high handlebars and an elongated saddle
    8. NZ a child’s bicycle
    9. obsolete, slang, mainly US a sub-machine-gun

    Word Origin and History for choppers chopper n.

    1550s, “one who chops,” agent noun from chop (v.1). Meaning “meat cleaver” is by 1818. Meaning “helicopter” is from 1951, Korean War military slang (cf. egg-beater); as a type of stripped-down motorcycle (originally prefered by Hell’s Angels) from 1965.

    choppers in Science chopper [chŏp′ər]

    1. A crudely flaked, unifacial core tool, especially one associated with the Oldowan stone culture of the early Paleolithic Period.

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