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


[chaps, shaps] /tʃæps, ʃæps/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
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.
1810-20, Americanism; short for chaparajos Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for chaparejos
Historical Examples
  • The ragged one thrust his hands in the pockets of his chaparejos.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  • The Boy thrust the medal into a pocket of his chaparejos, and crawled into his snow-covered bed.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  • She unbuttoned the flap on a pocket of her chaparejos, and handed him a small parcel wrapped in sky-blue paper.

    The Heritage of the Hills Arthur P. Hankins
  • Why, a tide that washes up to a wayfarer's feet a pair o' chaparejos like that—well!

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  • Apropos of protecting your legs, there remains still the question of chaparejos or chaps.

    Camp and Trail Stewart Edward White
  • Old Man Selden balanced his glass on one peaked knee while he reached into a pocket of his chaparejos for a plug of tobacco.

    The Heritage of the Hills Arthur P. Hankins
British Dictionary definitions for chaparejos


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


/tʃæps; ʃæps/
plural noun
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



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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