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[chap] /tʃæp/
verb (used with object), chapped, chapping.
1.
to crack, roughen, and redden (the skin):
The windy, cold weather chapped her lips.
2.
to cause (the ground, wood, etc.) to split, crack, or open in clefts:
The summer heat and drought chapped the riverbank.
verb (used without object), chapped, chapping.
3.
to become chapped.
noun
4.
a fissure or crack, especially in the skin.
5.
Scot. a knock; rap.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English chappen; cognate with Dutch kappen to cut; akin to chip1
Related forms
unchapped, adjective

chap2

[chap] /tʃæp/
noun
1.
Informal. a fellow; man or boy.
2.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a baby or young child.
3.
British Dialect. a customer.
Origin
1570-80; short for chapman

chap3

[chop, chap] /tʃɒp, tʃæp/
noun
1.
chop3 .
Origin
1325-75; Middle English; perhaps special use of chap1

chap.

1.
2.
Also, Chap.
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British Dictionary definitions for chap

chap1

/tʃæp/
verb chaps, chapping, chapped
1.
(of the skin) to make or become raw and cracked, esp by exposure to cold
2.
(Scot) (of a clock) to strike (the hour)
3.
(Scot) to knock (at a door, window, etc)
noun
4.
(usually pl) a cracked or sore patch on the skin caused by chapping
5.
(Scot) a knock
Word Origin
C14: probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch, German kappen to chop off

chap2

/tʃæp/
noun
1.
(informal) a man or boy; fellow
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: buyer): shortened from chapman

chap3

/tʃɒp; tʃæp/
noun
1.
a less common word for chop3

chap.

abbreviation
1.
chaplain
2.
chapter
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Word Origin and History for chap
n.

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

v.

"to crack," mid-15c., chappen (intransitive) "to split, burst open;" "cause to crack" (transitive); perhaps a variant of choppen (see chop (v.), and cf. 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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for chap

chap

noun

A man; fellow; guy, joe •Predominantly British use: Which of you chaps is ready?/ This may amuse the chappies

[1700s+; fr a shortening of chapman, ''peddler; peddler's customer,'' hence analogous with customer in the same sense]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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chap.

chapter

Chap.

chaplain
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