chopper [chop-er] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- a person or thing that chops.
- a short ax with a large blade, used for cutting up meat, fish, etc.; butcher’s cleaver.
- a prehistoric implement made by striking flakes off one or both sides of a stone, considered the oldest known worked stone tool.
- choppers, Slang. the teeth.
- Informal. a helicopter.
- Slang. a motorcycle.
- a device for interrupting an electric current or a beam of light at regular intervals.
verb (used without object)
- to travel by helicopter: We choppered into midtown from the airport.
- to travel by motorcycle.
You can hear the choppers descending even if you have never set foot in the country.
October 9, 2014
By midday, the Ukrainian government had confirmed that two of its choppers had been downed.
May 2, 2014
“They have choppers looking for them,” Sheriff Herrera says.
September 19, 2012
The choppers, which had been sold to Syria by Russia in the early 1990s, had been undergoing a refit in Russia.
June 19, 2012
Now they may lie in wait for choppers on rescue missions, says John Barry.
August 12, 2011
Historical Examples of choppers
He went from that work to the place where the choppers were swinging their axes.
William O. Stoddard
As the chips flew into the faces of the choppers they fell dead.
Charles M. Skinner
Brigades of choppers were opening roads here and there to deceive.
Eva Emery Dye
Soon the woods were alive with choppers, and the trees began to fall.
Lawrence Van Alstyne
It came out of the choppers, and we just caught the edge of it.
British Dictionary definitions for choppers chopper noun
- mainly British a small hand axe
- a butcher’s cleaver
- a person or thing that cuts or chops
- an informal name for a helicopter
- mainly British a slang name for penis
- a device for periodically interrupting an electric current or beam of radiation to produce a pulsed current or beamSee also vibrator (def. 2)
- a type of bicycle or motorcycle with very high handlebars and an elongated saddle
- NZ a child’s bicycle
- 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]
- A crudely flaked, unifacial core tool, especially one associated with the Oldowan stone culture of the early Paleolithic Period.