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chaparajos

[shap-uh-rey-ohs; Spanish chah-pah-rah-haws] /ˌʃæp əˈreɪ oʊs; Spanish ˌtʃɑ pɑˈrɑ hɔs/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
(in Mexico) chaps.
Also, chaparejos
[shap-uh-rey-ohs; Spanish chah-pah-re-haws] /ˌʃæp əˈreɪ oʊs; Spanish ˌtʃɑ pɑˈrɛ hɔs/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish, variant of chaparejos, probably blend of chaparral chaparral and aparejos, plural of aparejo gear; akin to apparel

chaps

[chaps, shaps] /tʃæps, ʃæps/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
a pair of joined leather leggings, often widely flared, worn over trousers, especially by cowboys, as protection against burs, rope burns, etc., while on horseback.
Also called chaparajos, chaparejos.
Origin
1810-20, Americanism; short for chaparajos
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British Dictionary definitions for chaparejos

chaparejos

/ˌʃæpəˈreɪəʊs; Spanish tʃapaˈrexos/
plural noun
1.
another name for chaps
Word Origin
from Mexican Spanish

chaps

/tʃæps; ʃæps/
plural noun
1.
leather overalls without a seat, worn by cowboys Also called chaparejos, chaparajos
Word Origin
C19: shortened from chaparejos
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Word Origin and History for chaparejos

chaps

n.

1844, American English, short for chaparejos, from Mexican Spanish chaparreras, overalls worn to protect from chaparro (see chaparral).

"jaws, cheeks," from chap (n.), 1550s, of unknown origin. Hence, chap-fallen (1590s).

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Slang definitions & phrases for chaparejos

chaps

Related Terms

chops


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