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[cheyp] /tʃeɪp/
the lowermost terminal mount of a scabbard.
Origin of chape
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French: (metal) covering < Late Latin cappa; see cap1, cape1
Related forms
chapeless, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • He had a chape farm, and could afford to wallow like a swine in filth and laziness.

  • To cut the matter short, he tould me the skipper had sould me as chape as a speckled orange!

    Seven Frozen Sailors George Manville Fenn
  • At the other end of the girdle was a metal attachment or chape which gave it consistency where it was most required.

    Jewellery H. Clifford Smith,
  • "Och ay, ye'll can easy get a wee no' awfu' strong yin frae the country, chape," said Erchie.

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
  • That chape (a cape or mantle) she had on must have cost as pretty a sum as would have bought a flock of sheep.

    One Snowy Night Emily Sarah Holt
  • Ah, thin, just a chape deal coffin, shure—wid a few archangels on the lid.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • I'll go with you now to a chape hotel, and won't charge you nothin'.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • I saw a scabbard in Joló, which had a pearl as large as a musket-ball at the end of the chape.

  • They must run a chape little thing to the Dargle, about two miles away, along the roadside, just as Balfour showed them the way.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • The chape was the only protection against bad weather at a period when umbrellas and covered carriages were unknown.

British Dictionary definitions for chape


a metal tip or trimming for a scabbard
the metal tongue of a buckle
Derived Forms
chapeless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French: hood, metal cover, from Late Latin cappacap
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